An Arab infiltrator from the Palestinian Authority stabbed a 65-year-old Israeli woman in the throat Saturday evening.
The victim was shopping with her daughter at the shuk (open air market) in the southern Israeli Bedouin city of Rahat.
The woman is a member of a kibbutz in southern Israel. She was moderately wounded in the attack and was evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.
Hospital officials told reporters Saturday night the victim sustained injuries to her neck and ear. She is receiving care in the hospital’s Trauma Center, where she was undergoing treatment by a plastic surgeon, officials said. Her status has been upgraded and she is listed in good condition.
The assailant, age 20, fled the scene and initially managed to escape; however, he was arrested a short time later.
Sheikh Yusuf Abu Gamah, head of the Rahat Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was arrested October 2015 by Southern District Police for inciting violence and illegal solicitation.
The Islamic Movement was outlawed in November 2015 after is leader, Sheikh Raed Salah, and members were convicted numerous times on charges of incitement to violence.
A number of Bedouin teachers in southern Israel – including several who worked in schools in Rahat – were indicted last month on charges of having joined the Da’esh (ISIS) terror organization.