Above: Nir Barkat
Above: Barkat makes the tackle in the above security camera video released by the city tonight
Terror Attack Foiled By Wedding Gift, Jerusalem Mayor
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Jerusalem a has a new caped crusader, and it isn’t Batman – its secular Mayor Nir Barkat.
A haredi man in his 20s was stabbed in a terror attack near Jerusalem’s City Hall Sunday night and his attacker was captured by none other than Barkat himself and his bodyguard.
The attack, allegedly carried out by an 18-year-old Palestinian man who was living illegally in Israel, took place in Tzahal Square.
Barkat said he was on the way to a meeting in City Hall when the attack happened in front of him, and he and his bodyguard nabbed the terrorist. They confronted the assailant and got him to drop the knife. Then Barkat and his security guard held the terrorist for police, who took him into custody and who now have him under questioning.
A video of the aftermath of the attack was being circulated (apparently though social media, but the Times of Israel does not make this clear) Sunday evening, the Times of Israel reported.
The victim, who was stabbed in his abdomen and who is in moderate condition in a local hospital, was reportedly on his way to a wedding when the attack took place. He used the wedding gift he was carrying to partially shield himself and to fight off the attacker.
The attacker’s knife reportedly lodged in the gift at one point and the frustrated attacker than dropped it shortly afterward.
Barkat also helped paramedics cover the victim, who was reportedly fully conscious and stable, and lift him into the ambulance.