Palestinian Indicted for Deadly Tel Aviv Stabbing Attack

Raad Halil is charged with two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder. He sought to kill Jews in order to become a martyr, prosecution says.

The scene of the stabbing attack in south Tel Aviv, November 19, 2015.
Moti Milrod

A Palestinian man was indicted on Sunday morning for a stabbing attack that killed two Israelis in southern Tel Aviv last month.  

According to the Tel Aviv District prosecution, Raad Halil, 36, a resident of the West Bank village of Dura, sought "to murder Jews with a knife" in order to become a martyr. He has been charged with two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder. 

The defendant entered Israel on November 15 with a 24-hour permit issued for "personal needs," according to the indictment. Halil remained in Tel Aviv after his entry permit expired, staying with his brother until perpetrating the attack on November 19. 

According to the indictment, Halil grabbed a knife from a restaurant located on the ground floor of the building where he was staying, on Ben Tzvi Road, then headed to the second floor, where he stabbed a passerby, Reuven Aviram, 51, and another man reciting an afternoon prayer, Aharon Yesayev, 32. Aviram was rushed to the hospital and was pronounced dead there, while Yesayev was pronounced dead at the scene. 

According to the prosecution, Halil tried to enter businesses on the floor in search for other victims, but the owners had shut their doors. He then descended to the first floor, where he stabbed a worker at a stockroom of a shoe store. 

A witness who followed Halil from the second floor then struck him with a metal rod. He was joined by several stockroom workers who subdued the defendant. 

The persecution has asked the Tel Aviv District court to detain Halil until the conclusion of the trial.