Israeli Soldier Reports Being Attacked by Arab Men in Jerusalem

Off-duty IDF trooper says beaten after disclosing he was a soldier, claims assailants fled to the nearby Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

An off-duty Israel Defense Forces soldier was lightly wounded after reportedly being accosted by Arab men in Jerusalem on Sunday, in what police suspect was a nationalistically motivated incident.

The soldier reported walking down the capital's Polanski Street, when he said he was approached by Arab men, who asked him if he was a soldier. When he answered in the positive, the two allegedly proceeded to beat him.

Wounded Israeli police officer
Olivier Fitussi

According to the soldier's account, the two then fled toward the nearby Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

The soldier was found by passersby strewn on the pavement, and was evacuated to the city's Shaare Zedek Medical Center bearing bruises all over his body.

An emergency services worker who was the first on the scene said that he found the soldier "on the sidewalk, unable to move, they broke his bones."

Police forces were scanning the area in search of the assailments.

Earlier this month, a 19-year-old soldier was stabbed while riding on the lightrail in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze'ev.

The attacker, who stabbed the young woman moments before the train stopped at the station, fled the scene. The victim was evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center by Magen David Adom rescue services.

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