Arabs stab haredi Orthodox man in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A haredi Orthodox man was stabbed near the Damascus Gate in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.

The stabbing occurred late Tuesday evening, as the man, 30, was returning home from the Western Wall at the end of the Tisha B’av fast.

The man was stabbed six times in the arms waist and chest, and was treated at Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem. He said he was attacked by two Arab men.

Police are searching for the attackers, and said they believe the attack was nationalistically motivated.

The attack came after police closed the Temple Mount to Jewish and Christian visitors to prevent clashes with Arabs who are observing the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Also on Tuesday night the tires of twelve Jewish-owned cars parked in the mixed Jewish-Arab Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tor were slashed.