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US Tourist Murdered in Israel; Survivor Claims Arab Attackers

Photo Courtesy - Yoav Ari Dudkevitch/Getty Images(MATA, Israel) -- The friend of an American tourist who was stabbed to death in Israel over the weekend said it was clear their attackers -- allegedly two Arab men -- undoubtedly meant to murder the pair as they were hiking.

"It all happened so fast.  They came out and attacked us," Kaye Susan Wilson told Israeli media as she recovered in an Israeli hospital after reportedly suffering 12 stab wounds Saturday while hiking in a forest near Jerusalem.  "It was clear they came to kill."

While Wilson said she was able to survive by playing dead, her friend, American Kristine Luken, 44, did not.  Luken's body was found Sunday with multiple stab wounds.  Her hands were tied behind her back.

Israeli police said they believe Wilson's account of the attack but are looking into all possibilities.

Wilson, described by Israeli media as an immigrant to Israel from the U.K., was wearing a necklace with the Star of David on it during the attack.  At one point, she said one of the attackers ripped the symbol off her neck and then stabbed her with what looked like a bread knife where it had been hanging.

"I saw that the stab had not penetrated my heart and I played dead.  While I lay there I could hear my friend dying.  Her breath sounded like bubbles," Wilson told Israeli newspaper Haaretz.  "I waited two minutes, we lay in the corridor.  Our hands tied behind our backs and something was covering my mouth.  It was terribly hard for me to get up but I managed to go.  I saw that we were in a bush area and I did not know then that they had fled.  I felt myself getting tired, all I wanted to do was sleep but I knew I could not."

Eventually, Wilson said she was able to stumble to a parking lot where she was spotted by passersby who called police.

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