West Bank Resident Charged With Attempted Murder in Central Israel Stabbing Attack

Mansour Hatib, 21, stabbed an Israeli Arab man and attempted to attack a bystander before being knocked down with a pizza tray by a restaurant owner

Security forces at the scene of a stabbing attack in Petah Tikva on July 24, 2017.
Nir Keidar

A 21-year-old Palestinian man from the West Bank was charged on Wednesday with attempted murder in a stabbing in July in the central Israeli city of Petah Tikva, an attack that seriously wounded an Arab Israeli man.

According to the indictment, filed in an Israeli military court, Mansour Hatib stabbed the man, Abd Fathi Abu Hillel, 31, a number of times in the torso until he thought he had killed him.

With the intention of harming more people, Hatib then entered a nearby pizzeria and tried to attack a customer before being knocked down with a pizza tray by the restauran’t owner.

Abu Hillel, who remained conscious, was evacuated to Beilinson Hospital in a stable state.

Besides charging Hatib, a resident of the West Bank city of Qalqilyah, with attempted murder, a parallel offense to murder in military law, the assailant was also charged with entering Israel illegally.

The Military Advocate General requested Hatib's detention be extended until the end of proceedings.