A Palestinian man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of stabbing and seriously wounding an East Jerusalem resident in Jaffa, with police saying the assailant planned to harm Jews.
The Palestinian, in his 20s from the West Bank, was taken in for questioning. Police are searching for two additional suspects.
The 49-year-old victim, a Christian from East Jerusalem, managed to call the police after he had been stabbed and was taken to Wolfson Medical Center in Holon with impaired consciousness.
According to a police source, the assailant has been residing illegally in Israel over the past few days. The Palestinian man, the source added, said during questioning that he had planned to carry out a stabbing attack. Police believe that he sought to harm Jews as Israel marks Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar.
On Monday, two people were moderately wounded in a stabbing attack outside Jerusalem's central bus station, an incident which "undoubtedly represents an escalation," according to the city's police chief, Doron Turgeman.
Last week, an Israeli Border Police officer was lightly wounded during an attempted stabbing attack near Lions' Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday. A suspect was shot and later succumbed to his wounds.
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The 19-year-old policeman was wounded in the leg, likely from bullet fragments that had ricocheted.
The suspected attacker was a 50-year-old resident of East Jerusalem. The Palestinian prisoners' administration identified him as Hazem Al-Julania, a well-known local doctor. Eyewitnesses, however, rejected the idea that he was involved in the attempted stabbing.