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08 February 2009

US student knifed by Arabs in e. J'lem

An American student studying at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem was attacked and moderately wounded at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning by three Arab teens after he got lost in east Jerusalem, police and rescue officials said.

 The 19-year-old Jewish student, who is studying at the university's overseas program, told police that he was assaulted by three Arab teens after getting lost in east Jerusalem on his way back to the university's Mount Scopus dorms, Jerusalem police spokesman Asi Aharoni said.

The student, who was slashed in the neck and cheek with a utility knife, said that he was attacked by the three after asking them for directions to the university in Hebrew, according to Aharoni.

The student managed to escape his attackers, and made his way to a nearby gas station. He was then rushed by Magen David Adom medics to Jerusalem's Sha'are Tzedek Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

An MDA paramedic said that the student was lucky that the attackers did not hit a blood vessel or his situation would have been much worse.

The attack took place in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras el Amud

It was not immediately clear how the student ended up in an Arab area which is not near the university.

The assailants remain at large.

The student is expected to give police a full report on the attack later Sunday. The Hebrew University had no immediate comment.

The name of the student was not immediately released since his parents in the US had yet to be notified of the attack.

Hate-based stabbings and scuffles between Arabs and Jews occasionally take place in the mixed city.

Also Sunday morning, Tel Aviv police cast doubt over claims made by a soldier that he was assaulted by a knifeman in Jaffa after contradictions emerged in his testimony.

Large numbers of Tel Aviv police officers scoured Jaffa on Sunday morning after a 20-year-old soldier reported being assaulted by a knifeman on his way to his army base on Rehov Shivtei Yisrael.

The soldier, who was uninjured in the incident, said he was able to fight off the attacker, adding that the assailant then escaped.


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