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Arab man seriously injured in stabbing by Jewish mob in Jerusalem

Police said to investigate possible terror motive; assault mirrors another knife attack in the same area in May

Illustrative: People wear facemasks at the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem on June 15, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Illustrative: People wear facemasks at the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem on June 15, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

An Arab man was stabbed and seriously injured late Wednesday night by a group of Jewish men near Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market, according to Hebrew media reports.

The man, who was said to be 19, was hospitalized at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in the capital with serious injuries, medics said. The hospital later said he was in moderate and stable condition.

According to the Walla news site, the man was waiting for a ride home from work when he was set upon by a group of Jewish Israeli men.

“Six guys who were looking for a fight passed by. A fight broke out and they stabbed him all over his body,” an eyewitness told Walla. “He started running until he collapsed.”

Police arrived at the scene on Agrippas Street and were investigating a terror motive, the report said.

The information was not immediately confirmed by police early Thursday and no arrests were immediately reported.

In May, a similar stabbing attack took place at the Jerusalem market. The victim, a 25-year-old Arab man, was at his place of work — a burger restaurant in the Mahane Yehuda market — when he was stabbed 10 times by assailants. He was rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in the city, where doctors found that a knife wielded by one of his assailants had torn open his lung and liver.

Prosecutors filed terrorism charges in late May against four Jewish men in connection with the attack, which came as Israel saw its worst intercommunal violence in decades, with mobs of Arabs and Jews attacking one another in mixed cities across the country during Israel’s 11-day conflict with terror groups in Gaza.

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