Israeli man dies after stabbing attack in Jerusalem

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By Middle East Affairs

A married Israeli father of four in his 30s died Sunday night after he was stabbed in an attack in Jerusalem’s Old City, Haaretz reports.

The victim was identified as Adiel Coleman from the West Bank settlement of Kochav Hashachar. He was a security guard who was unarmed and off duty at the time of the attack.

Abed al-Rahman Bani Fadel, 28, from the West Bank village of Aqraba, stabbed Coleman Sunday afternoon in his upper body on Haggay St., near the entrance to the Temple Mount, according to the news agency.

Eyewitnesses said Coleman tried to fight off Bani Fadel until police arrived and shot Bani Fadel, who died of his wounds, and Coleman was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in serious condition.

Local residents told Haaretz that the assailant, “a father of two children, was an introverted man who worked in a warehouse. His brother and uncle are part of Hamas’ leadership in the West Bank, though he was not considered to be an active member in the organization.”

He had no previous security offenses, according to military, nor was he being watched by Shin Bet security service or Israel Police. He had a five-day permit to enter Israel and find work, Haaretz said, which began Sunday.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman Tweeted Sunday that he holds Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas responsible for the attack.

The Israeli Defense Force may recommend changing the security barrier’s route now in the area where the attack took place, Haaretz reported. If that happens, it will split the village of Barta’a in two.

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