On December 17, Naor Shalev Ben-Ezra, the 13-year-old boy who was stabbed and nearly killed by two Arab teenagers two months prior while riding his bike in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Zeev, joined with his family and friends at the Western Wall to celebrate his bar mitzvah and being called to the Torah.
Among the guests at the bar mitzvah was David Dalfon, a paramedic with the Magen Dovid Adom emergency rescue service who was the first responder at the scene of the stabbing and is credited with saving Ben-Ezra’s life.
After the attack, Ben-Ezra, who was critically wounded, was rushed to the hospital and given life-saving surgery. After the surgery, Ben-Ezra was in an induced coma for a week and connected to a respirator.
“It was a lot of fun, the whole family was together, everyone was dancing,” Ben-Ezra told Israel’s Channel 2 news station at the celebration. “It’s nice when there are a lot of photographs taken of you, and you are in the news, and all of the Jewish people see you,” he said. “But it is not so nice when people ask you about the terror attack you were in. It is not nice to recall something sad when you are having fun.”
Ahmed Mansara, 13, and his cousin, Hassan Mansara, 15, were the ones who had assaulted Ben-Ezra. Hassan Mansara was shot and killed by police and Ahmed Mansara was hit by a car while he tried to flee. Ahmed Mansara was later arrested and is currently facing charges.