Hevron Arab Indicted for Trying to Murder Officer

Arab who illegally entered Jerusalem and repeatedly stabbed Border Patrol officer nearly to death charged for terrorist attack.

Yedidya Ben-Or,

Damascus Gate after attack (file)
Damascus Gate after attack (file)
Hezki Ezra

An indictment was submitted on Sunday morning to the Jerusalem District Court against Yasser Tarwa, a 20-year-old Arab resident of Hevron in Judea, who stabbed a police officer in Jerusalem two months ago and nearly murdered him.

The indictment charges Tarwa with attempted murder, as well as illegal entry into sovereign Israeli territory.

According to the indictment, two months ago Tarwa reached the Damascus Gate on the northeastern edge of Jerusalem's Old City, where he stabbed a Border Patrol officer repeatedly with a knife in an attempt to murder him.

From the indictment it becomes clear that Tarwa's attack was indeed "nationalistically motivated," terminology commonly employed to describe Arab terrorist attacks.

His plan was to murder an officer or IDF soldiers and afterwards be killed himself, reveals the indictment.

The officer was seriously wounded in the attack, and was evacuated from the scene while unconscious. He required surgery and an extended hospital stay, but fortunately survived the attempt on his life.

The state attorney has requested to detain Tarwa until the completion of legal proceedings against him.