Reporter Stabbed While Testing ‘Stab-Proof Vest’

By Mark Joyella 

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An Israeli journalist was stabbed in the back while on camera Wednesday–demonstrating what a company described as its “stab-proof vest.”

Eitam Lachover, a correspondent for Israel’s Channel 1, seemed at least jokingly nervous as he slipped into the vest, then turned his back on a company representative who assured him he had nothing to fear:

Yaniv Montakyo, vice president of the manufacturing company, pulled out a large steel “commando knife” that he said was used by armies around the world.

“You’re going to stab me with this?” Mr Lachover asked, looking at the weapon dubiously.

“Yes,” Mr Montakyo replied. “You have nothing to worry about, we are very confident in our product.

Lachover was then hit several times with the knife–a large steel military-style commando knife. The first several strikes, as billed, did no damage, but the last hit an area of the vest without protective material, reports the BBC.

Lachover received a wound which required stitches. He was discharged later from a hospital and tweeted that he was doing well.