A 17-year-old Palestinian, who fatally ran over police officer Barak Meshulam at a barricade at Ra’anana Junction last month, has been charged with murder under aggravating circumstances. The Ramallah resident is also accused of unlawful entry into Israel, auto theft, driving without a license, and endangering lives on a road.
According to the indictment, filed at the Tel Aviv District Court, the offending teen entered Israel without a permit, and reached Holon, where he stole a car. Then he began driving in an attempt to reach the West Bank. Police, alerted of the car theft, noticed him near Ganot Interchange and began pursuit. The teen fled north, driving around 145 kilometers per hour, disregarding officers’ orders to pull over.
At this point, according to the indictment, 1st Sergeant Meshulam placed a spiked barricade at Ra’anana Junction following a call on police radio and stood on the traffic island. When the teen approached and noticed the barricade, he veered and hit Meshulam. Despite the impact, he kept driving until he hit a concrete pipeline – then kept fleeing on foot until he was apprehended in Kfar Saba half an hour later.
“The respondent’s actions indicate his contempt for the law, and for the officers entrusted with its enforcement. Even when the respondent noticed a police barricade at Ra’anana Junction, he chose to continue driving wildly rather than stop, even at the possible cost of human lives,” said prosecutor Shimon Levy. “The respondent’s wild entry into the junction, while driving on a traffic island designed for pedestrians, sadly caused the death of policeman Barak Meshulam, may his memory be a blessing, who tried to stop the respondent’s road rampage.”