Jerusalem teen indicted for attempted slaughter

15-year-old chased Jew with a knife but was outrun, then fooled officers saying he was en route to school before being body searched.

Shlomo Piotrokovsky,

Arab brandishes a knife (illustration)
Arab brandishes a knife (illustration)
Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90

An indictment was submitted to the Jerusalem District Court on Sunday against a 15-year-old Arab minor from Shuafat, a neighborhood in the northeast of the capital city.

The teen from Shuafat, a hotbed of terrorism, was charged with attempted murder and illegally concealing a knife.

A week ago after watching Palestinian TV broadcasts on the recent stabbing attacks, and just a day after his friend conducted a stabbing, the 15-year-old decided to go stab and murder Jewish civilians or security officers and become a "martyr," according to the indictment.

The terrorist waited until night, and then stealthily pilfered a sharp kitchen knife and hid it in his schoolbag. The next day after he conducted his Muslim morning prayers he set out from home with his schoolbag, and then hid the knife in his pants at his hip to try and prevent it being found if his bag was searched.

At around 8:40 a.m. the minor reached the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem's Old City, spotted a Jewish man and chased him with the knife - fortunately he was unable to catch him.

He then entered the Old City and inspected the area to try and find another Jewish victim to stab to death.

At just that moment Israeli police officers passed by, and one of them spotted the teen's schoolbag lying nearby which spurred him to try and find out who it belonged to. Passersby told the officers it belonged to the minor.

The officer questioned the terrorist, who told him he was on his way to school and proceeded to open the bag and show its contents, managing to deceive the officer.

Shortly afterwards the minor spotted additional officers at the site, and his behavior aroused their suspicions. They decided to conduct a body check on him in a less public area out of consideration for his privacy, and there they found the knife hidden on his body and arrested him.

The case echoes numerous incidents of young Arab terrorists conducting stabbing attacks in the recent terror wave.

Just last Thursday two 13-year-old female Arab citizens of Israel conducted a stabbing attack at Ramle's mall, lightly wounding a guard after hiding the knives in their schoolbags.


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