Stabbed Officer in Stable Condition

YERUSHALAYIM -

The 41-year-old police officer stabbed in the back by a Palestinian terrorist Monday evening north of Yerushalayim was listed in stable condition at Shaarei Zedek Medical Center, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The officer, Rami Ravid, arrived at the hospital with a 6-inch knifeblade still lodged in his back, in serious condition. Surgeons removed the knife, but the wound resulted in his losing a kidney.

“It was a major injury because the knife penetrated his back, stomach and kidney, but he is much better now and will probably be removed from the Intensive Care Unit to a regular department tomorrow,” hosptial spokeswoman Shoham Ruvio said of the Adam resident. “He’ll be okay and able to function on one kidney. There are many people in the world who do.”

The officer was reported awake and talking with visitors, including his two children. “He’s much, much better, thank G-d,” Ruvio said.

Police were still searching for the unidentified assailant, on Wednesday.

“At the moment our search is continuing in coordination with the IDF in Palestinian villages and around the Ramallah area,” said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. “We hope to make an arrest soon.”

Dozens of residents of the community of Adam held a protest rally Tuesday night at the scene of the attack.

The head of the Binyamin Regional Council, Avi Roeh, said at the rally: “We call upon the government of Israel and the prime minister from here, to snap out of it and defeat the terrorism. This situation cannot go on. The government of Israel must bring back security to the residents.”