An Israeli settler injures the taxi driver, Naeem Alayan, with wounds after an attempt to stab him with a knife
June 3, 2013

An Israeli settler attempted to stab the taxi driver, 62-year old Naeem Alayan from the village of Bet Safafa, in his neck which led to injuries in his left hand. The incident happened around 3 a.m. while Naeem was working in the settlement of “Gilo.” Alayan narrated to Wadi Hilweh Information Center what happened with him saying: “I dropped off someone in the “Gilo” settlement, and while I was on my way back to the office, two Israeli settlers (in their twenties) stopped me and asked me to take them to the settlement of “Pisgat Zi’ev”, they told me they had another friend in “Gilo” that they want to pick up.” Alayan added: “after driving for a little bit, they asked me to enter a parking lot inside the settlement, one of the settlers opened the car door “to call their other friend, according to their original plan”, then the settler who stayed in the car held me and put a knife on my neck, I held the knife and started shouting which made them run away immediately.” He continued: “I tried to follow one of the settlers who ran towards the street, but he headed towards a mountainous area, I called the police which immediately came to the area and conducted a preliminary investigation and searched the area, and then the ambulance came and I was taken to Shaare Zedek Hospital. He also said that he had a deep cut in one of his left hand’s fingers, and had four stitches, in addition to a cut in his hand’s muscle. Naeem noted that while being in the car, the settlers were saying “this has been checked, this has been checked”, indicating to their assurance that the driver was an Arab.