Photo Credit: Israel Police
Looks like an innocent bag of cotton, doesn't it? You'd be surprised what was wrapped inside . . .

This is the story of a terrorist attack that didn’t happen, thanks to an ethical Arab woman with a heart.

The woman, who lives in the northern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Shuafat, cherishes life, not death, and wants to live in peace with her Jewish neighbors. She quietly turned to Israeli police on Thursday to report that she had seen a young Arab man in the neighborhood get on the bus with a “sharp object” hidden in his backpack.

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Israeli Police officers and Border Guard Police stationed at the Shuafat checkpoint located the bus in which the youth was traveling, and boarded.

12-inch kitchen knife found in young Arab man's backpack on the bus
12-inch kitchen knife found in young Arab man’s backpack on the bus

During their search they checked the teen’s bag, which he had stashed under his seat. Within the backpack was a bag of regular commercial household cotton, in which he had carefully hidden a sharp, 12-inch kitchen knife.

The suspect, a resident of Shuafat, is around 20 years old. He was arrested and transferred to security personnel for further questioning.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.