Suspect in Israeli Soldier’s Stabbing Retraces His Actions for Police

Palestinian from Nablus-area refugee camp confessed to November 10 murder in Tel Aviv of Staff Sgt. Almog Shilony.

Yaniv Kubovich
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Reconstructing the attack, Tuesday November 18, 2014.Credit: Moti Milrod
Yaniv Kubovich

A Palestinian suspect who confessed to fatally stabbing an Israeli soldier in Tel Aviv earlier this month retraced late Tuesday his actions that day for the police.

Staff Sgt. Almog Shilony was stabbed to death near the Haganah train station at around noon on November 10. His presumed killer is Nur al-Din Khaled Abu Hashieh, 18, from the Askar refugee camp, near Nablus in the West Bank.

Abu Hashieh, who has been in Israeli custody since his arrest, shortly after the fatal assault, was not authorized to travel to Israel.

During the reconstruction Tuesday night, Abu Hashieh first showed police the stall in the Jaffa flea market where he said he had bought the knife he used soon afterward to stab Shilony. The reconstruction ended in the building on Lavanda Street where he was captured after the incident. Abu Hashieh was scheduled for a detention hearing in the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. The police have requested that he remain in custody.

Police say that at around noon on November 10 Abu Hashieh stabbed Shilony several times, fended off a number of civilians who tried to stop him and fled into the stairwell of the Lavanda Street building, some 150 meters away. He was arrested soon afterward, on the building’s fourth floor, by members of an elite police unit and taken into custody.

Shilony, who was critically injured in the attack, died several hours later at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer.