A Palestinian man on Friday evening claimed responsibility for a stabbing attack in the West Bank hours earlier, making the announcement in a video clip he uploaded to Facebook. The video has yet to be authenticated.
In the afternoon attack, an Israeli man in his 40s was stabbed and badly injured outside a supermarket in a West Bank industrial park north of Jerusalem.
The Palestinian identifies himself in the video as Bara’a Issa, a resident of the Jerusalem area and an activist in the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, the military wing of Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement. Issa has a Fatah flag hanging on the wall behind him.
Reading from a page, Issa says he carried out the attack without direction or pressure from any external party. He says he undertook the stabbing in order to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem, for the sake of the Palestinian people, and to defend what he called the “occupied land of Palestine.”
He also reads out the number on what appears to be an ID card given by Israel to its citizens and permanent residents. At the end of the video, he looks into the camera and salutes.
The victim of Issa’s claimed attack sustained stab wounds to the upper body, and was treated by paramedics at the scene of the stabbing before being evacuated to hospital, the Magen David Adom medical service said.
The attacker fled the scene. Army and police quickly began searching the surrounding area for him, the IDF said.
It was not clear whether the video claiming responsibility for the attack was filmed before or after the stabbing.
Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.