Israel Police Commissioner Deems Jerusalem Car Ramming a Terror Attack

Gag order remains in force over details of incident, in which one man was killed and a woman seriously injured.

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Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi

Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino on Monday deemed last Wednesday’s car-ramming incident in Jerusalem, in which one man was killed and a woman seriously injured, a terrorist attack.

Shalom Yohai Sherki, 25, was killed and Shira Klein, 20, was seriously injured in the attack at a bus stop near the north Jerusalem neighborhood of French Hill.

“The gag order has not yet been lifted. If up to now we said that it depended on the investigation and its development, today we can say for sure that this was a terror attack, a terrible one, a serious one, in which innocent civilians were struck down,” Danino said at a ceremony at the National Police Headquarters.

Danino noted that there have been many attacks at that same site. “Our task is to see how we can act to prevent such incidents in the future,” he said.

However, he added, “this is very difficult, when a citizen gets up in the morning and decides to turn his vehicle into a weapon.”

The car that struck Sherki and Klein was driven by a 37-year-old Palestinian from Anata, north of Jerusalem. He was taken into custody and is being interrogated by the police and Shin Bet security service.

Sherki died on Thursday and was buried in Jerusalem that same day. Klein is still in serious condition at Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem. Sherki’s brother, Channel 2 news correspondent Yair Sherki, said at the funeral: “I saw the pictures from the attack. I have no doubt it was no accident and no gag order will change this.”