IDF raids home of Jerusalem knife attacker
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IDF raids home of Jerusalem knife attacker

Victim’s condition improves; Barkat, who subdued stabber, visits victim in the hospital

Israeli police at the scene where a Palestinian man stabbed a 27-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jewish man, near Jerusalem City Hall, February 22, 2015. (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Israeli police at the scene where a Palestinian man stabbed a 27-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jewish man, near Jerusalem City Hall, February 22, 2015. (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israeli forces raided the West Bank home of the suspected terrorist who stabbed a man in Jerusalem the day before, an army spokesperson said Monday.

Security forces moved into the village of Birzeit, north of Ramallah, where 18-year-old Mahmoud Abu Aosba lives. There were no reports of arrests in the overnight raid, the IDF said.

Aosba was detained by police Sunday after Avraham Goldstein, 27, was stabbed while waiting at a crosswalk near Jerusalem City Hall on Sunday.

Doctors reported an improvement in Goldstein’s condition Monday and said he would likely be released from the hospital later in the day.

After the attack, Aosba was apprehended by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and his security guards, who happened to be passing the scene in a car at the time of the attack. Barkat later visited Goldstein in the hospital.

The move earned Barkat accolades from officials and on social media, where he became an instant celebrity.

The mayor is slated to hold a joint press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later Monday where he is expected to announce his endorsement of the Likud party in upcoming elections.

Black-and-white footage of the attack shows the Palestinian man pulling out a knife and stabbing his victim from behind.

In the video, Goldstein turns and keeps the attacker at bay with his phylactery bag as other passersby scatter.

Goldstein can then be seen retreating across the intersection as the assailant walks into the street, seemingly pondering his next move.

That’s when Barkat, visible in his white shirt, marches in from the right with his security team. Guns drawn, the bodyguards on both sides of Barkat order the Palestinian man to drop his knife, which he does.

The video then shows Barkat lunging at the attacker and bringing him down with the help of his bodyguards.

The mayor then approaches the victim, who can be seen standing in the intersection, and sits him down on the sidewalk.

Goldstein was transferred to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem for treatment, and Aosba was detained by police.

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