A 14-year-old Palestinian was charged with attempted murder yesterday for taking part in a stabbing attack on the Jerusalem light rail nine days ago.
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According to the indictment, filed in the Jerusalem District Court, the boy and his 11-year-old cousin decided jointly to carry out the attack, which moderately wounded a light rail security guard.
The teenager, a resident of East Jerusalem’s Beit Hanina neighborhood, had gone with his cousin to visit the Old City, the indictment said. When the boys arrived, they decided to carry out a stabbing attack, using a knife and a second implement to be acquired. “Since they only had a small amount of money and thought that given their age, nobody would sell them a knife, they bought a sharp pair of scissors” as the second implement.
They then looked for a soldier to stab, but the only soldiers they found were in groups. Since they didn’t think an attack on a group of soldiers would succeed, the indictment continued, “they decided to stab Jews on the light rail” instead.
They boarded the train, and when it reached the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood, they stabbed the guard. He drew his weapon and told them to drop the knife and scissors. When the younger boy refused, the guard shot him, moderately wounding him.
Since the younger boy is below the age of criminal responsibility, he can’t be indicted, but will presumably be referred to the welfare authorities.