American tourist stabbed to death in Israel; friend wounded
Pair attacked while hiking
JERUSALEM — Israeli police discovered the body of an American woman, full of stab wounds and with hands bound, in a rugged forest outside Jerusalem yesterday, a day after a friend said Arab assailants attacked the pair during a hike in the hills.
The friend, who escaped but suffered light wounds, said one of the two attackers approached them with what looked like a long bread knife and carefully removed her Star of David necklace before stabbing her where it had hung.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said authorities were treating the attack as political in nature, while not ruling out that it could have been criminal. Police said there were no signs that the women had been sexually assaulted or robbed.
Rosenfeld identified the slain woman as Christine Logan, a 40-year-old American tourist. Her hometown was not released.
Kaye Susan Wilson reported Logan missing on Saturday after the two were attacked in a forest near the Jewish farming community of Mata, about 12 miles southwest of Jerusalem.
The forest is inside Israel but close to the border with the West Bank and the Palestinian villages of Husan and Wadi Fukin.
Wilson, a naturalized Israeli citizen originally from Britain, managed to escape, although covered in blood and with her hands bound behind her back.
Speaking to Israeli reporters from her hospital bed, Wilson described the attack, saying she and her friend were resting in the woods when two Arab men approached and asked for water.
She said they felt “something wasn’t right’’ and tried to walk away.
Wilson said they thought the men had left, but she took out a small knife anyway — apparently to protect herself. The men then reappeared and attacked. “It all happened so fast,’’ Wilson said.
One of the men took out what looked like “a bread knife with a serrated edge,’’ she said. Logan “became hysterical’’ and the men began to stab them. “It was clear that they came to kill,’’ she said. “Who carries around a knife like that?’’
Wilson said she pretended to be dead, even though she could hear her friend dying. Wilson said she made her way back to a parking lot where she found help.