US Woman Killed
U.S. Women was attacked and killed outside of Jerusalem. Authorities are still putting together the pieces trying to not jump to conclusions on whether it was an act of Nationalism or completely different motives.
Ms Wilson and Ms Luken were the two women that were attacked. They were on a hike in the Mata Forest when Ms Wilson, who survived the attack, said two Arab men accosted them.
‘One of them took out a very long knife,” Ms Wilson said. “I played dead. I saw [the knife] hadn’t gone into my heart. My friend was dying, I heard her making gurgling sounds.”
Ms Wilson said she played dead and managed to flee the scene and reach the road, where people put her in contact with police.
She was then taken to hospital in Jerusalem, where she was said to be in a stable condition.
As she received treatment police and border officials mounted a large-scale hunt for her friend, fanning out through the forested areas around Beit Shemesh.
Speaking to Haaretz, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said: “She did not know who they were, or what the reason for the attack was. We are examining whether this is a nationalistic stabbing, but other leads are being examined as well.”
Initially, Israeli police described Ms Luken as a British citizen.
Ms Luken was attached to CMJ UK, a British organisation that says it aims to persuade Jews to accept Jesus as the Messiah.
In a statement, CMJ described Ms Luken as “a committed Christian with a deep love for the Jewish people” she had met.
“It is a tragedy that such a lively, caring and faith filled person should have been struck down in such a way,” the group wrote. “We are praying for her friends and family at this tragic time.” ‘