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Three Israelis Stabbed by Arab in Jerusalem Neighborhood

August 24, 1991

JERUSALEM (AP) _ An Arab shouting ″God is great 3/8″ on Saturday stabbed three Israelis waiting for a bus in a Jerusalem neighborhood, police said.

A young woman, a soldier and his girlfriend were standing at a bus stop in Jerusalem’s Ramat Eshkol neighborhood when they were attacked, Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben Ruby said.

Sharon Asar, who was not in uniform, was stabbed in his shoulder and his girlfriend Sigalit Ben Yehuda was slightly injured in her hand. The two were taken by ambulance to the Ein Karem Hadassah hospital.

The third victim, Irit Cohen, 25, was stabbed in the stomach with the five- inch knife, Ben Ruby said.

Ms. Cohen stopped a taxi that took her to the Mt. Scopus Hadassah Hospital, where she immediately underwent surgery, Israel radio and Ben Ruby said.

Police detained four Arab suspects for questioning. Ben Ruby said police assumed the assailant had political motives.

Arab assailants have stabbed to death six Jews and injured another 16 this year, mostly in random attacks. The wave of stabbings began last October after police dispersing rioters shot and killed 17 Palestinians outside Jerusalem’s main mosque.

In the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, meanwhile, a Palestinian-American family filed a complaint with police after police raided their home Friday, Israel television said.

The Aiyadeh family claimed the police didn’t show a search warrant, and that jewelry and $10,000 in cash was missing after the incident, the television report said.

Shaida Aiyadeh, who was alone at home when the police searched the home, said about 20 people barged into the house. ″I asked them what they wanted, they hit me and pushed me outside,″ she said.

Ben Ruby confirmed police had operated in the neighborhood and had arrested two wanted Palestinian activists, one a member of the Aiyadeh family. He added that the police also confiscated much ″material,″ but refused to elaborate.

He said the family’s complaint is under investigation.

The family, which holds U.S. citizenship, also reported the incident to the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem.

Consulate spokesman Gil Sherman said a consular officer had advised the Aiyadehs to file a police report, cooperate with the investigation, and if need be seek legal counsel. Sherman said the consulate intended to follow-up on the incident.

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