Eilat Stabbing Attack Suspect Indicted With Attempted Murder

'He prepared himself as if he wouldn't be returning home,' the prosecution says.

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The defendent, Nidal Yusef Yunes Jabareen, in Be'er Sheva district court, November 19, 2015.
The defendent, Nidal Yusef Yunes Jabareen, in Be'er Sheva district court, November 19, 2015.Credit: Eliyahu Hershkovitz

The Southern District Prosecutor's Office filed an indictment Thursday morning against Nidal Yusef Yunes Jabareen, a resident of Eilat, who stabbed a woman for nationalistic motives and lightly wounded her three weeks ago.

The prosecution charged Jabareen with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and brandishing a knife for racist motives.

The terror attack took place in the afternoon hours at the Golani Brigade Boulevard in Eilat. Jabareen, 24, originally from the northern Arab town of Umm al-Fahm, stabbed the woman, a 42-year-old Eilat resident, and then fled the scene. Eilat Police detained him soon afterwards near the scene. He was located at the city's industrial zone, where he has been renting a room in recent months.

According to the indictment, Jabareen spoke out against Jews and Israel on several occasions, and was influenced by the current wave of terror attacks. Jabareen armed himself with a kitchen knife with a 10-15-cm.-long blade and prepared himself as if he would not be returning home. He sent a text message to his family members in which he asked them for forgiveness and told them he loved them, adding, "If I'm lucky I'll be back." He then went to a bus station in Eilat, where he searched for people who looked Jewish, and stabbed a woman in the back.

The prosecution said that the defendant stated during preliminary questioning that he was influenced by videos showing terror attacks that were published in the media