Ahmed Salima, 20, was finishing up his shift at a restaurant in Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market on Thursday when a group of Jewish thugs set upon him, beating and stabbing him for no apparent reason.
“I was sitting outside, waiting for a cab, and they approached me,” Salima told the Kan public broadcaster from his hospital bed, in an interview that aired Sunday night. “One of them pulled out a knife, I saw he wanted to stab me.”
Salima said he grabbed a handful of dirt and threw it at the group of five men, and started running up Agrippas Street. “The chased me up the street and caught me,” he recounted. “They stabbed me and hit me, punched me. They didn’t say anything.”
Salima, a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem, was transported to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in serious condition with multiple stab wounds. He remains hospitalized in stable condition, but still has difficulty moving due to the damage inflicted by the knife.
Salima said he was assisted by two Jewish passersby who gave him medical treatment and called for help. “Two Jews saved me,” he said. “One ripped open my shirt and used his hand to stop the bleeding, and said ‘look me in the eyes,’ and gave me water,” Salima recalled. “They stayed with me… and the other called an ambulance.”
Salima said he is grateful to have survived, but is still afraid when he recalls the incident.
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“Thank God, I came out of it okay,” he said. “But I can’t sleep at night. When I remember them, how they chased me with a knife, I can’t sleep at all.”
Asked if he would return to work at the market, Salima said it was unlikely.
“I can’t work because of my leg,” he said, before adding: “I’m scared they will stab me again.”
In May, a similar stabbing attack took place at the Mahane Yehuda market. The victim, a 25-year-old Arab man, was at his place of work — a burger restaurant — when he was stabbed 10 times by assailants. He was rushed to Shaare Zedek, 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.