Palestinian Stabber Tackled by Jerusalem Mayor in 2015 Handed 18-year Sentence

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Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat at the scene of a stabbing in Jerusalem earlier this year.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat at the scene of a stabbing in Jerusalem earlier this year. Credit: Ephraim Fischel / Behadrei Haredim

A Palestinian youth who was tackled by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat following a stabbing attack in Jerusalem last year has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

The youth, who was a minor when the attack occurred in February 2015 and can't be named, stabbed an Israeli man in Jerusalem's Zahal Square, adjacent to the municipality. The man was lightly wounded.

Barkat and his bodyguards, who were passing the square at the time of the attack, tackled the youth and overpowered him.

The youth, from the Birzeit refugee camp, was found guilty of aggravated assault, throwing a pipe bomb at security forces at the Qalandiya checkpoint and throwing stones at soldiers.

"The accused committed serious crimes which escalated as he went along," the Jerusalem District Court judges wrote in their judgement. "The infringement of public order, against the background of the delicate fabric of life in our region, was substantial."

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