Man moderately hurt in Jerusalem stabbing attack, Palestinian assailant shot

Victim, 41, attacked with screwdriver on bus near Ramot; civilian shoots stabber before officers reach area

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

The scene of a suspected stabbing attack near Ramot Junction in Jerusalem on July 19, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
The scene of a suspected stabbing attack near Ramot Junction in Jerusalem on July 19, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

An Israeli man was moderately hurt in a suspected terror stabbing attack on a bus near Jerusalem’s northeastern Ramot neighborhood on Tuesday, police and medics said.

The 41-year-old man was stabbed in the head by a Palestinian man, also in his 40s, while traveling on bus line 137, near the Ramot Junction, officials said.

He was taken to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center, which said his condition was not life-threatening.

According to police, the assailant attacked the man on the bus with a screwdriver during the ride, as the bus left Ramot. The driver then halted and the passengers fled the bus, police said.

The alleged assailant was shot and wounded by a passerby, Meshi Ben Ami, a Ynet news site photographer, who noticed the incident shortly before officers arrived at the scene.

“I got out of the car, loaded my gun and realized it was a terror attack. The stabber came to me, I did not hesitate and fired one bullet at him. I heard him praying in Arabic,” Ben Ami told the Kan public broadcaster.

Ynet photographer Meshi Ben Ami who shot a Palestinian stabber near the Ramot Junction in East Jerusalem on July 19, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Prime Minister Yair Lapid hailed Ben Ami in a statement. “I would like to wish a speedy recovery to the victim who was injured in the stabbing incident in Jerusalem. I congratulate the Ynet photographer who happened to be at the scene and acted resolutely to neutralize the terrorist and prevent injury to other people,” he said.

“We will not allow terrorism to rear its head and disrupt the routine of our lives. We will settle scores with anyone who tries to harm innocent civilians,” Lapid added.

The suspected stabber was taken to a hospital, where he was listed as being in moderate condition, police said.

A defense official told The Times of Israel that the stabber had a permit to enter Israel, but did not carry a BMC (businessman card) permit given to senior Palestinian businesspeople, as several Hebrew-language media outlets reported.

Rather, the brother of the assailant had a BMC permit, the official said.

Police added that large numbers of officers arrived at the scene, and were investigating the circumstances. Jerusalem District Commander Doron Turgeman held an assessment at the scene.

A screwdriver used in a suspected stabbing attack near Ramot in East Jerusalem, on July 19, 2022. (Israel Police)

Public Security Minister Omer Barlev, who oversees the police, spoke with Commissioner Kobi Shabtai following the attack.

“This is a serious terrorist incident, and thanks to the resourcefulness and quick response of a civilian, serious harm was prevented to the passengers of the bus. Such an incident will not weaken us in the determined fight against Palestinian terrorism,” Barlev said in remarks provided by his office.

“Police are working to protect the security of Israeli citizens, and the officers are determined to thwart any such attempt. I wish a speedy recovery to the citizen who was injured in the attack,” he added.

A spokesperson for the Hamas terror group praised the attack. In a statement, Hazem Qassem said the stabbing was an “act of heroism,” adding that it was a “natural response to the crimes of the occupation against the holy places of Islam and Christianity in Jerusalem.”

The scene of a suspected stabbing attack near Ramot Junction in East Jerusalem on July 19, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

“The attack once again emphasizes the failure of attempts to stop the resistance in the occupied West Bank and the city of Jerusalem,” the statement said.

Earlier this month, a Palestinian man was arrested for allegedly attacking and seriously wounding an Israeli man near the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak.

Last month, a Palestinian man was detained on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City after he allegedly attempted to stab officers before fleeing the scene.

Between mid-March and the beginning of May, a string of deadly attacks across Israel and the West Bank left 19 people dead.

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