2015 was the knife intifadah (a period of increased terrorism sponsored and supported by the Palestinian government). Gilad was patrolling an area in Hebron in a heavily trafficked area. An older man was walking by and the soldiers paid him little attention due to his age. Then, he pulled out a knife and attacked Gilad. Gilad avoided the first couple of stabs but then was caught in the head. The knife ripped him from the middle of the back of his head down through his neck and right before the throat, cutting the main artery in half, causing him to lose more than half his blood. The doctors were surpised he survived at all and he needed to take a vein from his leg to reattach the one near his throat. Today, he has no feeling in half his face, neck and shoulder except a very odd nerve re-alignment that causes him to feel sensations in his shoulder if you touch his ear.
Gilad was tattooed on October 11th, 2017 by artist Franco Vescovi at Mike's Place in Tel-Aviv.