Shin Bet: Stabbing in Eilat Two Weeks Ago Was Politically Motivated

An Israeli Arab living in the southern resort town stabbed an Israeli woman because she is Jewish.

People stroll through a beach-side street in Israel's southern city of Eilat. The Eilat mountains and city landscape can bee seen in the background.
Ofer Vaknin

An Arab Israeli stabbed a woman in Eilat two weeks ago, lightly wounding her, simply because she is Jewish, the Shin Bet security service and the Israel Police announced Thursday after a gag order on the incident was lifted.

Nidal Yusef Jabareen, 24, originally from the northern Arab town of Umm al-Fahm, stabbed the woman, an Eilat resident of about 40, and then fled the scene. Forces from the police, the border police and the army were dispatched to the site and began scouring the area looking for the assailant. They arrested Jabareen about an hour and a half later in the vicinity. He was taken to the local police station to determine if he could be linked to the stabbing, despite having removed some of the clothing he had been wearing earlier.

Under questioning, Jabareen admitted to the stabbing, police and Shin Bet officials said, and admitted that he committed the crime out of anti-Jewish motives after seeing video clips of other stabbing attacks on Jews by terrorists.

“We will continue to work with reinforcements and in cooperation with other security forces to maintain the safety of residents and guests in the city. As is the case around the country, in this case as well, a quick response by the police led to the capture of the suspect within a short time,” said police Commander Kobi Cohen, adding that the investigation has led to an indictment.