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2 Israelis Dead, 1 Critically Wounded in Palestinian Stabbing Attack in Jerusalem

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The scene of Wednesday's stabbing attack near Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. Photo: Hatzalah.

The scene of Wednesday’s stabbing attack near Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. Photo: Hatzalah.

Two Israelis were killed and one was critically wounded in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem on Wednesday afternoon, Hebrew media outlets reported.

Two Palestinian men went on a rampage, attempting to murder as many passersby as possible near the Jaffa Gate of the Old City. One of the victims purportedly tackled his assailant and struggled with him for some minutes, as he was being stabbed.

Border Policewomen opened fire on the terrorists, killing one of them and wounding the other. One of the Israeli victims — identified as 40-year-old father-of-two Ofer Ben-Ari from Jerusalem — was both stabbed by a terrorist and wounded by gunshots in the crossfire. He was evacuated to the hospital with the other victims, and died shortly thereafter.

The second fatality, who died of his wounds several hours later, was 45-year-old father-of-seven Reuven Birmacher from Kiryat Ye’arim, a town just outside of Jerusalem.

The wounded terrorist was treated at the scene by paramedics and evacuated to the Hadassah/Ein Kerem Medical Center, where he also died of his wounds.

The terrorists were later identified as Issa Asaf, 21, and Anan Hamad, 20, from the Qalandia refugee camp. Both had previously served in jail, Hamad in 2010 for wielding a knife at Israeli soldiers at the Qalandia checkpoint, and Asaf this year, for participating in violent demonstrations.

This is the latest attack in what has become a near-daily occurrence since the start of the surge in Palestinian terrorism in Israel since September.

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  • Max Genghis Cohen

    When law prohibits innocents from arming themselves then only murderers carry weapons. Let the law allow every Israeli, Jew or Muslim over the age of twelve to carry a knife prominently displayed in a scabbard. End institutional victimhood!

  • sifter

    Israel has NEVER taken the gloves off, hence this slaughter of innocents. Only HAMA RULES will buy you peace, all else is folly.

  • Ghilmeini

    When you let them honor Kuntar, when you let them name streets and squares after our muderers you give their ideology credence. The time has come to crush the very idea that we are not the Jews and we were always here. Tear down the road signs and the “mourning” tents. Seize funds to be sent to families of killers, when you subsidize a culture the best celebrates your murders, you get more murders. Tell Abbas he calls for calm or else. They behave the way they do because there is no fear or respect for us.

    • You are absolutely right. It wasn’t like this in the 1970s. Before PC started rearing it’s ugly head and aiming to kill mosters was no longer the goal.