'Supermarket Jihadi' indicted for attempted murder

Indictment claims Arab terrorist became radicalized during visit to Saudi Arabia, carried out attack on Israeli following return.

David Rosenberg,

Scene of Yavneh stabbing
Scene of Yavneh stabbing

The Arab terrorist responsible for a stabbing attack earlier this month which left an Israeli man fighting for his life was indicted on attempted murder and terror charges Monday morning.

19-year-old Ismail Abu Aram, a resident of the Palestinian Authority-controlled town of Yatta south of Hevron, carried out a stabbing attack on August 2nd in a Yavneh supermarket after illegally entering pre-1967 Israel.

During the attack, Abu Aram stabbed 42-year-old Niv Nehemia 15 times before fleeing the scene. Abu Aram was apprehended shortly thereafter, while Nehemia was evacuated in very serious condition to Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot.

According to prosecutors, Abu Aram decided to commit the attack during a recent pilgrimage to Mecca. During his 12-day stay in Saudi Arabia, Abu Aram become convinced he must commit an act of “Jihad against the Jewish-Israeli occupation”.

On August 2nd, Abu Aram crossed the Green Line into pre-1967 Israel without a permit, arriving in the city of Yavneh. Upon entering a local supermarket, Abu Aram searched for a victim, eventually settling upon Nehemia, the store’s deputy manager.

While Nehemia was arranging items in the store, Abu Aram approached him, drew a knife, and stabbed Nehemia in the neck, chest, stomach, and head. Abu Aram stabbed Nehemia a total of 15 times, leaving Nehemia seriously wounded. Abu Aram then fled the store.

On Sunday, Nehemia was discharged from the hospital, three-and-a-half weeks after the attack.

Staff at Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot say Nehemia underwent a series of difficult operations to stabilize his condition, but is now expected to make a full recovery.