Photo Credit: Tazpit News Agency
The Damascus Gate area following a terrorist attack on June 21, 2015.

On the heels of a report detailing the rise in terror attacks in the Old City of Jerusalem, a Palestinian Authority Arab terrorist attacks a group of Border Guard Police officers Wednesday evening as they were standing guard at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

According to Deputy Police Commander Niso Guetta, the terrorist approached the officers, shouting “Allahu Akbar!” (the jihadist war cry, God is Great!)and then attempted to attack them. During the struggle the terrorist pulled out a knife and stabbed one of the officers in the leg.


The wounded officer, age 19, was treated at the scene for the injury and then taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem for further treatment.

The terrorist was described by Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe “Chico” Adari as a resident of the Palestinian Authority who is in his fifties. He was arrested at the scene and turned over the security forces for interrogation.

Deputy Police Commander Niso Guetta praised the swift action of the officers, noting, “Just a little over two months ago we were witness to another terror attack close to this exact same spot. “The alertness and preparation of our warriors is the main reason that these incidents are brought to an end before terrorists succeed in harming innocent people,” Guetta said.

Adari also had words of praise for the officers, pointing out that “the alertness of the fighters, their swiftness and the decisiveness with which they took control over the situation enabled them to prevent what could have been a much worse attack that would have endangered both civilians and security personnel.”


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.