Palestinian Teens Indicted for Stabbing Attack at Jerusalem's Damascus Gate

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Police search for suspects after a stabbing attack at Jerusalem's Damascus Gate on Jan. 31, 2016.
Police search for suspects after a stabbing attack at Jerusalem's Damascus Gate on Jan. 31, 2016.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi

Jerusalem district prosecutors served an indictment Wednesday to the district's juvenile court against two Palestinian minors for attempted murder and possession of a deadly weapon for their role in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem's Old City.

According to the indictment, the accused, ages 14 and 16 from East Jerusalem's Shuafat, arrived at Jerusalem's Damascus Gate 10 days ago armed with knives hidden up their sleeves and attacked four young Jews from behind. One of the four was allegedly able to avoid the knife as he was attacked, but another was stabbed and lightly wounded by the second assailant.

One of the accused was caught on tape during the attack and the police approached his father, demanding that he turn his son in. The father did so after a few hours and said that this was in order to prevent police from entering his house. The second suspect also turned himself in shortly after.

Before the attack took place, the two allegedly convinced an 11-year-old to join them, though he did not take part in the stabbing itself. The child was arrested, but was turned over to social services due to his age.

The indictment alleged that the two carried out the attack after having watched video of Israeli soldiers degrading Palestinian women.

"After the accused watched videos online about Israel's control of Jerusalem and the 'searches' of Palestinian women carried out by Israeli soldiers, they decided to partake in the national and religious struggle by carrying out a stabbing attack against Jews or security forces with the intent to kill and to become martyrs," read the indictment.