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Attack on haredi Orthodox man in Jerusalem seen as motivated by nationalism

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A haredi Orthodox man was stabbed in Jerusalem in what police believe was an attack motivated by nationalism.

The 30-year-old victim was stabbed six times in the arms, waist and chest late Tuesday evening near the Damascus Gate in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City. He was treated at Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem.

According to the victim, he was attacked by two Arab men as he was returning home from the Western Wall at the end of the Tisha b’Av fast. Police are searching for the attackers.

Police had closed the Temple Mount, also in the Old City, to Jewish and Christian visitors to prevent clashes with Arabs who are observing the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Also Tuesday night, the tires of 12 Jewish-owned cars parked in the mixed Jewish-Arab Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tor were slashed.

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