Man critically harm in Jerusalem knife assault launched from hospital

An Israeli man who sustained life-threatening stab wounds in a terror assault in Jerusalem’s Outdated Metropolis final month was launched from a Jerusalem hospital on Wednesday, vowing to reporters, “We won’t be afraid.”

Gavriel Lavi, 47, stated he struggled to recollect the main points of the stabbing assault at Damascus Gate within the capital on Might 31, however believed he had been saved from loss of life by prayers and charity given by fellow college students at his yeshiva, or Jewish non secular seminary.

The assault inside Damascus Gate on the morning of Might 31 left Lavi critically harm with stab wounds to the neck and head, and one other individual, 16-year-old Yisrael Meir Nachumberg, reasonably harm with a stab wound within the again.

The suspected terrorist, a 19-year-old Palestinian from the West Financial institution, was shot lifeless by cops on the scene as he chased one more sufferer.

“I knew I used to be hovering between life and loss of life,” Lavi stated at a press gathering at Shaare Zedek hospital shortly earlier than his launch. “Due to the charity given by my yeshiva buddies, the entire scenario modified for the higher.”

Yisrael Meir Nachumberg (L) shakes arms with Dr. Michael Samir upon his launch from Hadassah Hospital Ein Karem in Jerusalem on June 5, 2019. Nachumberg was wounded on Might 31, 2019, in a stabbing on the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Outdated Metropolis. (Hadassah Hospital Ein Karem spokesperson)

He promised that “we proceed to stroll by means of Damascus Gate, and we won’t be afraid.”

He added: “I felt God was with me. Through the assault itself I wasn’t centered. The one factor I managed to say was ‘Shema Israel,’” the standard Jewish prayer affirming God’s oneness that’s meant to be recited as one approaches loss of life.

The fear assault occurred on the final Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a interval of heightened tensions. Following the assault, police deployed further troops across the Outdated Metropolis.

The Damascus Gate, on the Outdated Metropolis’s northwestern facet, is usually utilized by Jewish worshipers from town’s ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods looking for a direct path to the Western Wall, through the Outdated Metropolis’s Muslim Quarter.

Israeli safety forces on the scene the place a Palestinian stabbed and critically wounded 47-year-old Gavriel Lavi at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Outdated Metropolis, on Might 31, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Jerusalem’s Outdated Metropolis has seen quite a few stabbing assaults in recent times, however has been comparatively calm prior to now six months.

On December 13, two Border Cops had been stabbed and flippantly wounded in a terror assault within the Outdated Metropolis earlier than taking pictures lifeless their assailant, a 26-year-old Palestinian from the West Financial institution. A male officer was stabbed within the face, close to his eye. A feminine border guard was stabbed within the leg.