Mrs. Adele Bennett, one of the surviving victims of yesterday’s terror attack in Yerushalayim’s Old City, gave a chilling account of how the stabbing attack that killed her husband and another man who came to the family’s help unfolded and how her cries for help were ignored as she herself was stabbed repeatedly.
“I yelled ‘please help me!’ and they just spat at me,” Benita told Ynet of the surrounding Palestinian store owners, whom she said stood by as the Palestinian terrorist, 19-year-old Muhanad Halabi, stabbed her husband to death in an alleyway near Lion’s Gate in the Old City, i24 reports.
The family’s two-year-old son was also lightly injured in the attack after the attacker began shooting at a nearby group of tourists and police. The Bennett infant girl miraculously remained unharmed.
Adelle Bennett was taken in serious condition to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Yerushalayim, where she underwent a life saving emergency surgery overnight.
Reb Aharon Bennett died of his wounds at Shaare Zedek Hospital shortly after the attack.
“When we got back from the Kosel, we felt that something wasn’t right,” she told Ynet from her hospital bed Sunday.
“We started walking fast but the terrorist emerged from one of the stores and lunged at us and started stabbing my husband. My husband is a strong man and started fighting him, he punched him in the face. At that point, the terrorist started stabbing me. Then he went back to my husband and stabbed him again and again. I also fought him, I tried to take away the knife, but I failed,” she recounted.
She said Palestinian youths who witnessed the attack laughed and cursed at her as she cried for help.
One of them slapped her while another laughed in her face and told her to “drop dead” when she told him she would give him a million shekels if he helped her get to safety with her two toddlers.
“They saw that we were with two baby carriages,” she said.
Rabbi Nechemia Lavi, 41, an Old City resident who heard Adelle’s cries for help, came to help and he too was stabbed and killed by the terrorist.
Nechemiah and Aharon were laid to rest Sunday at the Givat Shaul cemetery in Yerushalayim.
The terrorist was shot dead by security forces at the scene.