Arabs Who Kicked Terror Victim to be Prosecuted

Arab passersby laughed at, kicked, and hit Adelle Banita-Bennett, as she ran for her life with stab wounds, and as her husband lay dead.

Ido Ben Porat, | updated: 22:15

A mourner cries at Aharon Banita-Bennett's funeral
A mourner cries at Aharon Banita-Bennett's funeral
Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Thanks to near-complete video camera coverage in Jerusalem's Old City, the identities of Arabs who mocked, kicked, and hit Adelle Banita-Bennett as she staggered through the streets of Jerusalem's Old City are known, and they will be prosecuted, Israeli officials said.

Channel 2 report Monday night said the identities of the Arabs who thought that Banita-Bennett's life-threatening injuries were “funny” will be brought to trial for incitement, failing to offer assistance, and acting as accomplices in an attempted murder.

On Sunday afternoon, the Adelle Banita-Bennett, widow of Aharon Banita-Bennett, who herself was seriously injured in the stabbing attack Saturday night in the stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem, awakened from the sedation she had been placed under in order to enable doctors to treat her.

Among the first people she spoke to was Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau, whom she told in detail about the attack.

The widow told Rabbi Lau how she attempted to escape from the terrorist after the stabbing began. “I ran for dozens of meters with a knife in my shoulder, bleeding. Arabs in the area who saw this horrible scene clapped and laughed, and told that they hoped for my quick death. I felt I was about to faint,” she said.

“I tried to hold on to someone who passed by, and they just shook me off and kicked me, and said 'die.'”

Earlier Sunday, Rabbi Lau spoke at the funeral of Aharon Banita-Bennett. “A young man with his wife – whom we pray for – were attached to God, happy in fulfilling His commandments, and their holiday was turned to pain and anguish,” he said in his eulogy. “Instead of celebrating, we accompany a young rabbi at his funeral.

“We pray to God, to Whom we are attached, that He provide us with good tidings, with the comfort of Zion and Jerusalem, and for the end of death in the coming of the Messiah,” he added.

Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, 41, and Aharon Banita Bennett, 21, were both murdered during Saturday’s terrorist attack. Bennett's wife, Adelle Banita, 22, and their two-year-old daughter were also injured.

Later Saturday night, an Arab terrorist stabbed and wounded a 15-year-old Jewish boy in central Jerusalem.


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