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Tractor Terrorist was Resident of Jerusalem

The terrorist who attacked police officers and civilians in Jerusalem on Thursday was an Arab resident of the city and a married father of one.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 3/5/2009, 7:11 PM

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The Arab terrorist who attacked police officers and civilians in Jerusalem with his bulldozer on Thursday was a resident of the city, police have announced. He was identified as 26-year-old Mir'i Redeideh.

Redeideh was married, police said, and had one child. He lived with his family in the neighborhood of Beit Hanina, in the northern part of the city.

Redeideh was carrying a Palestinian Authority ID at the time of the attack, leading to initial reports that he was a resident of the PA-controlled areas in Judea and Samaria.

He was shot and killed by alert police officers and a civilian taxi driver as he attempted to carry out his rampage. Before he was neutralized he managed to wound two police officers and had sent several schoolgirls into severe emotional shock.

The tractor used in the attack was apparently Redeideh's personal property, police said. An open copy of the Koran was found inside.

Radeideh is the fourth Arab resident of Jerusalem to carry out an attack in the capital in less than a year. In the summer of 2008 two attacks took place in which Arab residents of the city who were working on construction sites used bulldozers to attack Jews.

In September of 2008 an Arab teenager from Jerusalem rammed his car into a group of soldiers and civilians standing near the Old City, wounding more than 20 people in the process. The terrorist was shot and killed.

Just a few months before the 2008 bulldozer attacks, another Arab resident of Jerusalem opened fire at young students in the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva, murdering eight and wounding many more.

Many activists and politicians have called for the terrorists' houses to be destroyed in the hopes of deterring other potential attackers.