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The Jerusalem Post
Oct 23, 2008 11:22 | Updated Oct 23, 2008 21:42
Arab kills man, wounds cop in J'lem

86-year-old Avraham Ozeri was killed and a police officer was moderately wounded Thursday morning when they were stabbed near a school on Vardinon Street in Jerusalem's Gilo neighborhood by a young Palestinian terrorist.

Police said that the assailant, 21-year-old Mohammad Elmadan, from a village near Bethlehem, was stopped for inspection by a pair of officers, a man and a woman, when he pulled out a large knife and attacked the man.

He then tried to escaped and while fleeing the scene stabbed the elderly man in the chest.

The officer, despite suffering stab wounds, managed to shoot the assailant several times and hit him in the abdomen.

Yoav Mizrahi, a passerby who caught the assailant, told Army Radio: "He was shot, but he kept running. After a while he got tired and I caught up with him. I ran after him and caught him, wrestled him to the ground and twisted his arm behind his back."

The civilian was evacuated in critical condition to the Shaare Tzedek Hospital, where he died of his wounds. The policeman and the attacker were evacuated to Hadassah University Medical Center, Ein Kerem.

The policeman was in moderate-to-serious condition after he underwent a two-hour operation. But hospital director Dr. Yuval Weiss predicted that the policeman, Ethiopian immigrant Daniel Motza, would be able to function normally and perhaps be discharged in a week or so if there are no complications.

The heroic policeman, who was stabbed in his chest and stomach but still managed to shoot the terrorist, was operated on by a medical team headed by Prof. Avi Rivkind, head of the surgical branch and trauma unit. He was taken to intensive care and is being ventilated. "He will recover," said Weiss. "We believe he will be in much better condition tomorrow."

Public Security Minister Avi Ditcher visited the policeman in hospital and hailed his courage which, he said, certainly contributed to the terrorist's arrest and reduced the further harm he could have caused.

"He is a really strong young man, and this really helps with his medical treatment," Ditcher told reporters outside the hospital. "When you see Daniel, you really see how in spite of the severe wounds he sustained, he managed to fire at the terrorist and wound him. There is no doubt that the attacker's wounds significantly lessened the harm he could have caused, but unfortunately, after he was injured, and despite his wounds, the terrorist still managed to murder and elderly man, an 86-year-old man, just because he was Jewish. He was then subdued by a civilian before police arrived, but Daniel's fire was a very significant contribution to the eventual arrest of the terrorist."

Jerusalem Police chief Cmdr. Aharon Franco praised the officers' conduct in the attack: "The officers at the scene acted professionally. The event could have ended much worse. We are investigating the details of how the attacker made his way into a Jerusalem neighborhood".

The attack was the second in a month in Jerusalem and the fourth since July.

On September 22, a Palestinian plowed his car into a group of soldiers at a busy intersection, injuring 13 before he was shot dead.

In two incidents in July, Palestinians carried out attacks on city streets using heavy construction machinery, killing three people and wounding several others.

AP contributed to this report

The Jerusalem Post
Oct 23, 2008 20:53 | Updated Oct 23, 2008 21:13

An IDF soldier was lightly wounded and eight Palestinians were hurt Thursday afternoon during clashes in Arab Tekoa, near the home of Mohammad Elmadan, who killed 86-year-old Avraham Ozeri in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem's Gilo neighborhood earlier that day.
The soldiers entered the village to arrest suspects in connection with the attack and were confronted by some 125 rioting Palestinians.
Among the detainees were the terrorist's sister and her husband.
In the past, 21-year-old Elmadan was twice expelled from Jerusalem after entering the city illegally and he was involved in several disturbances outside the capital, security officials said.
In Thursday's attack, he also stabbed policeman Daniel Motza. The police officer then shot Elmadan before the assailant was subdued by a passerby and subsequently arrested.

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