Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has asked Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to “aggressively pursue” legal avenues to close Arab stalls on Hagai Street in Jerusalem's Old City.
Hagai Street was the scene of two terrorist attacks in recent days – one in which Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, 41, and Aharon Banita Bennett, 21, were both murdered Bennett's wife, Adelle Banita, 22, and their two-year-old son were also injured.
As Adelle Banita-Bennett attempted to escape from the terrorist after the stabbing began, she got no help from Arabs in the area.
“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.'”
Thanks to near-complete video camera coverage in Jerusalem's Old City, the identities of Arabs who laughed, kicked, and hit Banita as she staggered through the streets are known to authorities.
A Channel 2 report on Monday night said the Arabs who thought that her struggle was “funny” will be brought to trial for incitement, failing to offer assistance, and acting as accomplices in an attempted murder.
And as a first step, Netanyahu has made it a priority to close the stores and stalls of merchants on the street, which is located at the edge of the Arab marketplace, adjacent to the Jewish Quarter of the Old City.
Netanyahu told Weinstein that the actions of the Arabs on Hagai Street could not go unanswered. Weinstein is said to be examining the matter.