Palestinian Who Killed British Student in Jerusalem Attack Charged With Murder

Jamil Tamimi was released from a psychiatric hospital a day before murdering Hannah Bladon, according to the indictment

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Gamil Tamimi, the man who allegedly carried out a deadly stabbing attack in Jerusalem on April 14, 2017.
Jamil Tamimi after his arrest last month.Credit: Emil Salman
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

A court charged an East Jerusalem man on Thursday with the premeditated murder of a British student traveling on the city's light rail last month.

According to the indictment, 57-year-old Jamil Tamimi of Ras al-Amud was released from a Jerusalem psychiatric hospital a day before murdering the  21-year-old Hannah Bladon. The indictment notes that Tamimi had purchased a knife in Jerusalem and then called his sons asking to stay with them. Upon their refusal and due to his anger, he decided to stab a person to death.

Hannah Bladon

Tamimi took the light rail, where according to the indictment "the defendant identified the deceased as a weak victim who wouldn’t be able to resist." When Bladon turned her back to him, it notes, Tamimi grabbed the knife and stabbed her numerous times. Bladon died of her wounds in hospital.   

"In his actions described above, the defendant intentionally caused the death of the deceased," according to the indictment.

Bladon was in Israel as part of a student exchange program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as part of her course of studies in religion, theology and archaeology at the University of Birmingham. She arrived in Israel in January and was to stay in Jerusalem until the end of this semester.

A psychiatric report complied prior to the incident said that Tamimi had grown increasingly aggressive and violent over the last month. During checks carried out after his detention, Tamimi was found fit to stand trial, but no complete psychiatric evaluation has been formulated yet.

The Shin Bet security service said last month that "this is yet another case of a Palestinian suffering from personal, mental or moral distress choosing to commit an act of terror to escape his problems."

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