'It Was Clear They Came to Kill Us', Says Survivor of Jerusalem Stabbing

Victim of attack allegedly perpetrated by two Arab men near Jerusalem recalls the incident which killed her friend and forced her to play dead to save her own life.

Recuperating in her bed at the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem on Sunday, Kaye Susan Wilson described the stabbing attack near Jerusalem that wounded her and left her friend dead as having been a clear plan for murder.

Wilson, an immigrant from the United Kingdom who now resides in a Jerusalem-area community, was hiking with a friend visiting from abroad when they were attacked and stabbed by two men she believes were Arabs. Wilson sustained 12 stab wounds but managed to escape her to her freedom. Her friend, Christine Logan died at the scene; her body was found Sunday morning. Police have identitied her as a citizen of the United States.

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Wilson says that she and Logan were hiking near Khirbat Hanut when they left the trail to sit on a nearby hill. "We were sitting, when suddenly two Arab men asked us in Hebrew if we had any water," Wilson said. She tried to get the men to leave,  telling them "yallah bye", but said the incident left her with a feeling that "something wasn't right."

Wilson told her friend she thought it would be best for them to return to the hiking trail.

"On the way back to the trail, I took out a small knife and opened it. I saw that the men weren't in the area but then suddenly I noticed them. It all happened so fast. They came and attacked us," Wilson recalled.

According to Wilson, one of the men took out a long knife which she described looking "like a bread knife with a serrated edge."

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"I was scared but my friend became hysterical. I told her in English to be quiet and not make noise," Wilson said. The men then began to stab both Wilson and Logan.

"It was clear that they came to kill.," Wilson recalled from her hospital bed. "Who carries around a knife life that?"

"I had a Star of David hanging on a chain around my neck," Wilson told Haaretz. "He took it off like a gentleman and then turned me around and stabbed in the place where the Star of David had been."

"I saw that the stab had not penetrated my heart and I played dead. While I lay there I could hear my friend dying. Her breath sounded like bubbles. I waited two minutes, we lay in the corridor. Our hands tied behind our backs and something was covering my mouth. It was terribly hard for me to get up but I managed to go. I saw that we were in a bush area and I did not know then that they had fled. I felt myself getting tired, all I wanted to do was sleep but I knew I could not."

When Wilson managed to reach the parking lot she noticed a car with Israeli license plates. Its occupants were looking over at her, she said. "I couldn't scream because of my breathing and the car had started to leave.

So I had to go another 20 meters, and there were kids there; I didn't want to scare them with blood, so I just turned around with my back to them, so they could see my hands ties. And then they called the police."