Four Teens Suspected of Stabbing Arab Youth to Death in Jerusalem

Police suspect crime had nationalistic motives; of the four suspects, two are from Jerusalem and two are from settlements in the West Bank.

Four youths were arrested for allegedly stabbing a young Arab man to death earlier this month, police revealed on Wednesday, after a gag order on the case was lifted.

The four boys, two of whom are from Jerusalem and two of whom are from settlements in the West Bank, were allegedly getting drunk together on the night of February 11. They encountered two Arab boys while in the city's center and allegedly attacked them unprovoked.

The Arab boys fought with two of the attackers, while the two other suspects apparently joined the fight as it continued. During the fight, one of the attackers pulled out a knife and stabbed one of the Arab boys to death. The victim was 24 years of age.

The friend of the victim, who was lightly injured in the attack, managed to escape and call for help.

Stabbing of Arab man - Emil Salman - Feb 23, 2011
Emil Salman

Police who arrived at the scene arrested two of the suspects on the spot. A third suspect was arrested several days following the incident at a yeshiva he was studying at, and the fourth and main suspect in the investigation turned himself in to the police three days ago.

During the police investigation, the suspects confessed to the crime attributed to them but remained silent when they were asked about their motives for the stabbing.

Police suspect that the stabbing had nationalistic motives, and the prosecution decided to put them on trial for manslaughter.