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Palestinian Stabbing Attack in Jerusalem Foiled When Knife Bends Out of Shape

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The bent knife from Sunday's attempted stabbing attack in Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv neighborhood. Photo: Israel Police.

The bent knife from Sunday’s attempted stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood. Photo: Israel Police.

A Palestinian was prevented from stabbing an Israeli in Jerusalem on Sunday when his knife bent during the attack, the Hebrew news website Walla reported.

According to Walla, the assailant approached a civilian waiting at a bus stop in the Israeli capital’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood, pulled out his knife and lunged. But instead of penetrating the victim, the knife bent out of shape.

The attacker fled the scene, but was apprehended shortly thereafter and taken in for questioning.

This was one of three terrorist incidents on Sunday, the other two were shooting attacks in Hebron. In the first, in the afternoon, a female IDF officer was moderately wounded in the pelvis by Palestinian sniper fire near the Cave of the Patriarchs. In the second, an IDF soldier was moderately wounded by a bullet to his leg. In each case, the attacker fled the scene and security forces were searching the area to find them.

A manhunt is also still underway for 29-year-old Nashat Milhem, the Israeli Arab perpetrator of Friday’s Tel Aviv shooting spree, which left 26-year-old Alon Bakal and 30-year-old Shimon Ruimi dead. Funerals for both were held on Sunday.

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  • Martin Cahn

    From what I understand, the victim was a Rabbi who I know well, who helped my son prepare for his Barmitzvah, and who helped us on our road to Jewish learning, and for whom I have the utmost admiration. A profoundly wise, kind, and tolerant man, a fount of wisdom. Luckily it appears he is recovering, but this is a real shock. I am sure he will find a way forward in helping the path towards peace and am so glad that his fate is not worse.

  • Wm. J. Levy


    Israel wake up and impose the harshest punishments you can think of to stop now sniper attacks.

    These attackers along with their families should disappear. Sounds like Stalin and all the other dictators and Arabs but there is a fear factor.

    The thought that this female IDF soldier was shot by a sniper opens up a new type of warfare.

    Remember the Israeli colonel shot in the head by a sniper at the Lebanese border? What happened? He’s dead by a set up and Israel didn’t respond.

    I know its hard but something and someone has to come up with a solution.

  • Knishes

    I’m with you.

  • Hope they find all those cowards and give them the justice they deserve.

  • Reform School

    Getting bent all out of shape is an Islamist tradition.

  • H Lewis

    And the New York Times, and many others, continue to refuse to call the Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians – terrorism. All the News that’s Fit to Print? No way.
    Readers may want to contact Times’ advertisers and alert them to this and many other examples of double standards, which is an indicator of anti-Semitism.

    • Alan Mazursky

      I know that I shouldn’t be amused, but I love when terrorists fail badly. Cheap knives, rockets that blow up in the chamber when they are fired, suicide vests that blow up prematurely, explosives that go off in training classes, tunnel rats that somehow never make it out of their tunnels…ah, the list goes on. Idiots.