Court keeps youngest terrorist in juvenile ward

Flummoxed state still looking for ways to keep 11-year-old Arab stabber under supervision, as he is too young for jail.

Ari Yashar ,

Ali Alkam after stabbing security guard on light rail
Ali Alkam after stabbing security guard on light rail
Muammar Awad/Flash 90

The Jerusalem youth court on Thursday decided to keep the 11-year-old Arab terrorist Ali Alkam in the juvenile ward of the Welfare Ministry he was released to from the hospital, as the state scrambles to find a way to keep the preteen terrorist under supervision.

Under Israeli laws Arab terrorists under the age of 14 cannot be sentenced to jail time, and likewise 12 is considered the age of criminal responsibility.

The court ruled that Alkam will stay in the closed ward for another two months, where he will be able to see his parents in pre-arranged visits. He has been in the ward for around two weeks, since being released from Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.

Alkam and his 14-year-old cousin Muawiyyeh Alkam, both from Jerusalem's northeastern Shuafat neighborhood, decided to skip school on November 10 to go "look for Jews to stab." The seventh-grader had a knife on him, while Ali, a sixth grade student, bought a pair of scissors on the way to use as a weapon.

On the light rail train in the northeastern neighborhood of Pisgat Ze'ev the two suddenly pounced on a security guard and repeatedly stabbed him, lightly to moderately wounding him in a shocking attack caught on security cameras.

The wounded guard managed to defend himself after a lengthy struggle, shooting Ali three times in the stomach and detaining Muawiyyeh with the help of other passengers.

Even as Ali received medical care in the hospital on Israel's tab, his father revealed that Jerusalem municipality welfare workers were working with him to send the young terrorist to a special school under their supervision after he goes free.