Palestinian Convicted After Admitting to Killing Israeli Soldier, Despite Pleading Not Guilty

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The aftermath of a stabbing attack at a Tel Aviv train station, November 10, 2014.Credit: Ofer Vaknin

A Palestinian man was convicted of murder on Wednesday morning after contradicting his own not-guilty plea and stating that he had killed an Israeli soldier because of “what your rabbis are doing on Al-Aqsa [Mosque on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount].”

Nur a-Din Hashiya stabbed Israel Defense Forces Sgt. Almog Shiloni, 20, at a Tel Aviv train station in November 2014 and was found guilty of committing premeditated murder.

Hashiya had entered Israel illegally and carried out the terror attack the following day. He bought a knife in the Jaffa flea market and went to the Hagana train station in Tel Aviv. Noticing Shiloni, a sergeant in the IDF who was carrying an M-16 rifle, Hashiya stabbed him repeatedly. He also tried to seize the gun but a civilian hit at him and Hashiya fled.

Hashiya was arrested shortly after leaving the scene. Shiloni died of his wounds some hours after the attack.

At the start of his trial, Hashiya denied the charges. The court was therefore surprised when he stated during his testimony that he had killed Shiloni “because of what your rabbis are doing on Al-Aqsa.”

Last December a panel of three Supreme Court justices canceled the planned demolition of Hashiya’s house by a majority of 2:1 (Menachem Mazuz and Zvi Zylbertal voting in favor, while court vice-president Elyakim Rubinstein thought that part of the house, though not all of it, should be demolished. The motion to spare the house had been filed by Hashiya’s family, which among other things pointed out the 11-month gap between the attack and the date of the demolition order.

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