City of Jerusalem CC camera records terrorist attack and dramatic video footage by passer-by shows Jerusalem mayor instructing his security team to lift Palestinian terrorist onto sidewalk.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and members of his security detail apprehended and wrestled to the ground a Palestinian terrorist just moments after he stabbed an ultra-Orthodox Jewish bystander near one of the entrances to the Old City.
Paramedics rushed to the scene and administered treatment to the victim, who was wounded moderately in the attack.
Video footage shows Barkat’s guards holding down the Palestinian moments after the incident. Another video taken from the Jerusalem municipality shows Barkat, in a white shirt, accosting the terrorist and throwing him down to the ground before his guards pinned him to the pavement.
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“I was driving my car near [IDF] Square when suddenly my team saw the terrorist near us with a knife,” the mayor said. “Both myself and my bodyguard immediately jumped out of my car, my guard drew his weapon and we held the terrorist until police arrived, and immediately took care of the casualty who fortunately was lightly injured.”
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According to a statement from United Hatzalah, the victim, a 30-year-old haredi man, was stabbed in the abdomen near IDF Square by a 19-year-old Arab man who entered Jerusalem without authorization.
Yaffe added that the victim is in stable condition.
At a hastily arranged press conference in Jerusalem’s City Hall less than two hours after the attack, Barkat chronicled what transpired. The mayor told of how he and his bodyguard tackled the terrorist together.
“About an hour-and-a-half ago, when I was on my way to the office for a meeting, while we were at the junction right next to City Hall, my driver and my team noticed something happening in the junction,” he said, as over a dozen television cameras recorded him.
“So, I got out of the car with my bodyguard, and we approached the scene and noticed a terrorist with a knife in his hand.”
Barkat continued: “Without thinking, my bodyguard took out his weapon, and when he aimed at the terrorist, the terrorist dropped his knife and we immediately tackled him to the ground to make sure that he could not continue with the terror attack.”
After tackling and restraining the suspect, Barkat said he immediately tended to the stab victim, “who, thank God, was relatively slightly wounded.”
“We gave him first aid and tried to figure out if there was anyone else at the scene,” the mayor added.
“When we realized it was one terrorist and we took control of him, and one person was slightly wounded, we waited for the police and waited for ambulances to arrive at the scene.”
As important as thwarting the attack, Barkat said, was that “we made sure the city went back to life as fast as possible.”
“Thank God this is behind us,” the mayor concluded.
“I want to wish the wounded person a fast recovery, and there is no doubt in my mind that the person responsible for the terror attack will be severely punished.”
“When I got to the scene I encountered a youth who was stabbed in the stomach,” said United Hatzalah ambucycle medic Aryeh Yaffe. “He received initial care from members of United Hatzalah’s ambucycle unit who arrived first on scene within seconds of the attack. After initial treatment he was transported to hospital for continued treatment. The victim was conscious and in a stable condition.”
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