“Then shall there enter in by the gates of this city kings and princes sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and this city shall be inhabited for ever” (Jeremiah 17:25)
A 30 year old Jewish man was stabbed multiple times by two Arab Youths at the Damascus Gate of the Old City on Tuesday night, according to police.
Israeli Police Spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld announced that at approximately 9:30 p.m. that the currently unidentified man was stabbed in the abdomen while walking home from prayers at the Western Wall. Hundreds of Jews had flocked to the holy sight Tuesday to pray and mourn the destruction of the Temple on the 9th of Av.
“The victim was stabbed in the stomach with a large knife and the suspects then fled the area,” said Rosenfeld. “A large number of police units are actively searching different areas around Damascus Gate for the suspects who carried out the attack.”
The victim was rushed to Shaare Zedek Hospital where he is currently listed as in ‘moderate condition’.
Tensions in the Old City have been even higher than usual among Jews and Arabs due to the coinciding of the 9th of Av and Ramadan holidays. Additionally, there has been a number of recent flare-ups as more Jews have attempted to visit the Temple Mount in the past few weeks. These attempted visits were met by threats by Arab authorities of large riots and access was denied to most on the 9th of Av.
The two suspects are still at large.