Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat walks after praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City Oct. 23, 2013.
Photo by Baz Ratner/Reuters

How the mayor of Jerusalem stopped a terrorist

Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat stopped a terrorist, who had seconds earlier stabbed a 27-year-old Jew in Tzahal Square. 

“I was driving my car near Tzahal Square when suddenly my team saw the terrorist near us with a knife,” Barkat said. ”Both myself and my bodyguard immediately jumped out of my car, my guard drew his weapon and we held the terrorist until police arrived, and immediately took care of the casualty who fortunately was lightly injured.” 

Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld confirmed to NBC News that an 18-year-old Palestinian was arrested by the police. “Police force are on heightened alert in Jerusalem after the attack. The Palestinian is being questioned by the police,” Rosenfeld said. 

The 27-year-old Jew was taken to hospital and is lightly wounded.


How the mayor of Jerusalem stopped a terrorist