A resident of the Palestinian village of Beit Iksa has been arrested as a suspect in the October 22 stabbing of 17-year-old Yehuda Neemad in Jerusalem's Ramot neighborhood.
Abdul Rahmu Zaid, 20, was arrested by police on Thursday. The operation was conducted in coordination with the Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet security service.
News of the arrest was released for publication only on Sunday.
Neemad, who was stabbed while sitting on a fence near his home in northern Jerusalem, recently recalled the events from his hospital room.
"I was with three other friends in one of my friends' homes," Neemad said. "We went downstairs because we decided to go to another friend's house. Uriah [one of the friends] and I waited for the two others, who had gone to change clothes before we continued."
"After about two minutes, an Arab guy passed us, looked at us and then went into the street," Neemad said. "That already made me suspicious. About a minute afterward I felt a hard stab in my back."
Neemad was also stabbed in the abdomen, suffering serious wounds.
Witnesses said the attacker approached from the Ramot neighborhood, not from the streambed leading to Beit Iksa, located north of Jerusalem. They said the attacker passed Neemad and his friend but then backtracked, approaching Neemad from behind. Witnesses say he then stabbed Neemad with a large knife.
Neemad managed to slam his hand into the attacker's face. He then started screaming to attract attention and to give his friend a chance to flee. Neemad said that, at that point, the attacker left him and tried to pursue his friend, but when he saw people gathering, he fled through the streambed to the village.
A separate suspect was arrested on the day of the attack but later released. Intensive intelligence work by the police and the Shin Bet led to Zaid's arrest.
"This is a weight off my heart, that's for sure," Yehuda's mother, Ronit Neemad, said Sunday.
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