March 8, 2016: Man survives terrorist stabbing in Israel

On March 8, 2016 an Israeli man was moderately wounded in a terror stabbing attack in the central city of Petah Tikva

PETAH TIKVA, ISRAEL – There is something satisfying about seeing a terrorist killed with his own weapon.

Thankfully I have never been the victim of a terrorist attack. I did play a role – a VERY small one! – in helping to stop attacks from occurring in Canada when I worked for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), however. But I have never found myself at the scene of an attack.

I did come close – twice. I left Paris the day of the 2015 Bataclan/Stade de France massacre and was a few blocks away in Manhattan when a bomb went off in the New York subway in 2017. Still, I was not at the scene of the crimes so to speak.

I never got nearer than my TV screen but it was nevertheless horrific! (Photo: By U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer’s Mate Eric J. Tilford. – This image was released by the United States Navy with the ID 010917-N-7479T-515, Public Domain)

As a consequence, I have no idea how I would react were I to find myself where a terrorist attack was unfolding. Let alone if I were to be set upon by a terrorist. Luckily some people seem to know what to do and can turn the tables on their assailant.

On this day in 2016

An Israeli man was moderately wounded in a terror stabbing attack in the central city of Petah Tikva. The Palestinian assailant followed the man into a shop and began stabbing him in his upper body. Here is where it gets interesting. The victim “regained composure” and together with the owner of the store subdued the attacker, taking the knife from him and “neutralizing” him.

Together with other volunteers of the Ambucycle Unit of United Hatzalah we treated the victim utilizing first aid treatment, following which he was evacuated to Beilinson hospital in an emergency ambulance. At the time of transfer the victim was conscious.

Nati Ostri, a volunteer medic

Press reports stated that the victim “pulled the knife out of his own neck before turning it on the stabber.” Wow! That is really something! Kudos to him!

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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