Israeli Man Uses Pizza Tray to Fend off Palestinian Terrorist During Petah Tikva Stabbing Attack
An Israeli man wielding a pizza tray was among the subduers of a Palestinian terrorist who carried out a stabbing attack in the central city of Petah Tikva on Monday.
“I heard screams coming from the shwarma shop two stores down and I immediately understood what was happening,” 24-year-old Shlomi Madar told the Times of Israel. “When he ran in front of my shop and I saw the knife, I quickly swung down the countertop so he couldn’t get to me.”
“I picked up the pizza platter and slammed it into his nose as hard as I could,” Madar recounted. “He fell backward, dropped the knife and started running away.”
The terrorist — a 21-year-old man from the West Bank city of Qalqilya — was arrested unharmed. According to media reports, he told investigators he was motivated by the ongoing tensions over the Temple Mount and the metal detectors that were put in place at the entrances to the Jerusalem holy compound following the July 14 terrorist attack there in which two Israeli police officers were killed.
One Israeli man — an Arab bus driver — was moderately-to-severely wounded in Monday’s stabbing assault.
In recent years, Israelis have used a wide variety of objects to fend off Palestinian attackers. For example, in March 2016, an Israeli man broke his guitar over the head of a Palestinian terrorist who was in the midst of conducting a deadly stabbing spree on the boardwalk in Jaffa.
Watch a video of the attack (via Israel Hayom) below: