A Haredi Jewish man was stabbed in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in Israeli controlled East Jerusalem on Thursday evening, an Israeli source reported. The Israeli Police stated that the attack was “politically motivated”, and that two Arab youths, believed to be involved in the attack, were arrested.

The Haredi man was stabbed twice in his abdomen, and was moved to Hadassah Mt. Scopus in Jerusalem. His condition was described as moderate.

Israeli reports revealed that, after the stabbing attack, the police initially rounded up several Arab youths; an action that led to clashes in the area.

The word Haredi, also Charedi and Chareidi, refers to Jews who practice the most conservative form of Orthodox Judaism.

Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood is one of the Palestinian areas heavily affected by settler take-over of Palestinian homes, settlements, and demolition of homes.