Ramot stabbing - Tomer Appelbaum - October 2012
Police comb the Ramot neighborhood of East Jerusalem after an Arab man stabbed an 18-year-old Israeli. Photo by Tomer Appelbaum
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An 18-year-old man was seriously wounded on Saturday after being stabbed near his home in the Ramot neighborhood in northern Jerusalem.

An initial investigation indicated that the attacker was an Arab man who fled from the scene of the crime. Police believe that the attack had nationalist motives.  

A Magen David Adom team arrived at the scene, evacuated the victim to Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem in Jerusalem. The victim is in stable condition, and is expected to make a full recovery.

A friend of the victim told Haaretz that the two were sitting on a street curb at approximately 4 P.M. when a young Arab man passed by them. According to the friend, the Arab man turned around, headed toward the two, stabbed the man in the back and the stomach, and fled. Security forces arrived on the scene, and combed the area in search for the assailant. 

The incident came four days after a prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas Islamists procured freedom for soldier Gilad Shalit held in the Gaza Strip for more than five years, in exchange for the release of hundreds of Palestinians from Israeli jails charged with lethal attacks against Israelis.

Tensions have also risen in recent days over reports of Israeli plans to expand settlement construction in East Jerusalem, which it captured in a 1967 war and annexed as part of its capital in a move never recognized internationally.

Palestinians want to make East Jerusalem the capital of a state they seek to establish in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.