JNS.org – An Arab man who tried to stab an Israeli soldier who was guarding at the entrance to the ancient Jewish city of Kiryat Arba was shot by soldiers on Monday.
Israel Defense Forces said the assassination attempt took place at Elias Junction. The attacker was slightly injured in IDF's response and was taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.
No Israeli was injured in the attack.
Kiryat Arba is the sister city of the neighboring city of Hebron, a city that in the past, Shabbat received 40,000 Jews.
November 6, 2018
The visitors arrived to make the pilgrimage to the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in honor of Matriarch Sarah, whose death was remembered in the portion of the Torah of that week, read on Shabbat. In this section of the text, the Bible records the purchase of the Tomb of Machpela in Hebron – another name for the place – as a tomb of Abraham for his wife, a place that later served as a burial place for him and his descendants. and Jacob and his wives Rebekah and Lia.
A small portion of Hebron was liberated in 1967, when the Jewish state took control of the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs.
However, the city has been used by anti-Israel activists to try to portray Israel as an apartheid state, due to the fact that while 97% of the city is controlled by the Palestinian Authority, the 3% that shelter the Jewish community are heavily protected . by IDF soldiers, due to numerous previous terrorist attacks on residents, tourists and soldiers.
A Palestinian was shot dead last month as he tried to stab an Israeli soldier in the holy place.