Yeshiva Rabbi Stabbed Near Jerusalem's Damascus Gate
(IsraelNN.com) Rabbi Yechezkel Greenwald is in Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital after being stabbed by an Arab terrorist near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City Tuesday morning.
The 49-year-old Beit El resident is a teacher at the Ateret Kohanim Yeshiva in the Muslim Quarter. A student who was accompanying the rabbi reportedly fought off the terrorist, preventing the rabbi's murder.
Rabbi Greenwald was treated by Hatzalah-Ichud medics and evacuated to hospital by Magen David Adom ambulance. According to the HNN newsflash site, he is in good condition. The unconfirmed report said the rabbi suffered lacerations on his neck, but no blood vessels were severed.
Terrorist's Face Caught on Camera
Security cameras at the gate captured the attack on tape. The face of the terrorist was quickly isolated and distributed to police searching the area. The Damascus Gate is the central open-air market in the area and is usually quite crowded.
Jewish residents of the Muslim Quarter -- the largest part of the Old City -- have been instructed by police following the attack not to walk through the area without an armed guard.
Closure in Judea and Samaria for Holiday Security
A full closure will be placed on the Palestinian Authority areas of Judea and Samaria beginning Wednesday and will last until Monday, covering the holiday of Purim, a three-day holiday period this year which starts Thursday evening.
The closure stems from intelligence information that terror attacks are being planned to coincide with the close of the 40-day Muslim mourning period that followed the assassination of the Hizbullah terror organization's second-in-command, Imad Mughniyeh. The 40-day mark is a favorite among terrorists for carrying out revenge attacks.
The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) also released a statement to the media warning of seven concrete threats of terrorist attacks over the Purim festival period. Police have already raised the terror alert in response to the intelligence information.
Palestinian Authority Arabs and Israeli Arabs who live in Jerusalem will still be able to travel freely throughout the territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.
Ezra HaLevi contributed to this report.