16-year-old Palestinian Charged With Attempted Murder for Jerusalem Scissor Attack

Teenager from East Jerusalem wielded a deadly weapon alongside 14-year-old accomplice who stabbed two, says prosecution.

Nir Hasson
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Israeli medics move a handcuffed Palestinian woman, who police believe attacked a man, at the scene of a stabbing attack in Jerusalem, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015.
Israeli medics move a handcuffed Palestinian woman, who police believe attacked a man, at the scene of a stabbing attack in Jerusalem, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015.Credit: AP
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

Prosecutors submitted an indictment Friday morning to the Jerusalem District Court for two counts of attempted murder and possession of a deadly weapon against a 16-year-old female Palestinian from Kafr 'Aqab who took part in the stabbing of two people in Jerusalem in November.

The prosecution requested that the suspect be held throughout legal proceedings.

According to the indictment, the accused's accomplice, a 14-year-old female relative who was killed at the scene of the assault, told her some three weeks ago that she wanted to attack Jews in revenge for the death of her brother who suffered a head injury during violent clashes with Israeli security forces in 2013 and died of his wounds one year later.

The two teens were said to have left their home in East Jerusalem the next day with school bags on their shoulders and traveled to the city center by bus where they prayed at the al-Aqsa Mosque before buying two pairs of scissors with which to attack their victims.

They then allegedly traveled on Jerusalem's light rail, disembarking near the municipality building and began walking down Jaffa Street. According to the indictment, the 14-year-old relative of the accused pointed to various passers-by and said, "I want to murder that one."

The indictment also detailed that at approximately 11:20 A.M., the younger of the two approached a man sitting on a bench and stabbed him in the neck and back. The man, a Palestinian, was wounded and fled the scene while the two attackers continued walking.

Afterward, the 14 year old tried to stab another victim, a 64-year-old man, while the 16 year old threatened to stab others in the area. As events unfolded, an individual arrived on the scene and hit the accused with a chair causing her to fall.

The second attacker raised her scissors at the man she had tried to stab, but was shot by her victim who was carrying a handgun. A policeman who happened to be nearby fired his weapon at the two. The 14 year old died at the scene and the accused was seriously wounded by gunfire to her stomach.

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