Palestinian Suspect in Jerusalem Stabbing Charged With Attempted Murder

Yassin Abu Alkra’a told investigators that he decided to carry out an attack after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He acted alone, buying a kitchen knife near his home

Scene of stabbing at Jerusalem's central bus station, December 12, 2017.
Judy Maltz

The Jerusalem District Attorney’s office on Thursday indicted Yassin Abu Alkra’a, the suspect who stabbed security guard Asher Elmaliach in the chest at the Jerusalem central bus station this month. Alkra’a is charged with committing an act of terror, attempted murder and illegal entry into Israel.

According to the charge sheet against him, Abu Alkra’a, a 24-year-old resident of the West Bank, decided to carry out the attack following U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Abu Alkra’a planned and carried out the attack alone, buying in advance an 11 centimeter (4 inch) kitchen knife near his home in Barta’a, in the northern West Bank. He entered the city with a work permit he held as an employee in the Harish regional council, a new town that is being rapidly expanded near Haifa.

Abu Alkra’a approached the bus station entrance, where a female security guard asked him to show ID and go through a metal detector. The metal detector kept beeping, although he removed all metal objects from his pockets. At that point, Elmaliach approached him.

“When the suspect was asked to take off his jacket and go through the metal detector again, he decided to carry out the stabbing right there,” the indictment states. “At the same time, because of his appearance and the way Asher spoke, the suspect realized that Asher was Jewish, and the suspect decided to stab Asher to death with the knife. The suspect removed the jacket he was wearing, hesitated in taking the sleeve off his right arm and pulled the knife out of the jacket with his right hand. The suspect threw his jacket off, drew near Asher and stabbed him in the chest with the intention of killing him.”

Sagiv Ozri, the attorney who filed the indictment, also requested that Abu Alkra’a be held until the end of legal proceedings.
The indictment also notes that Alkra’a posted a message the evening before the attack on his Facebook page, in which he wrote: “For Allah, we rise up, strive to raise the flag, return religion to its glory, return Al-Aqsa to its glory, let our blood be shed. Our blood is cheap [compared] to the cause of the homeland and Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa.” 

He also wrote a will before the attack.

Elmaliah, a 46-year-old resident of the settlement of Adam, remains in serious condition. He is under sedation and is intubated.

Suspect in Jerusalem stabbing charged with attempted murder

Yassin Abu Alkra’a told investigators that he decided to stab a security guard, Asher Elmaliach, after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He acted alone, buying a kitchen knife near his home


By Yaniv Kubovich and Nir Hasson

The Jerusalem District Attorney’s office on Thursday indicted Yassin Abu Alkra’a, the suspect who stabbed security guard Asher Elmaliach in the chest at the Jerusalem central bus station this month. Alkra’a is charged with committing an act of terror, attempted murder and illegal entry into Israel.

According to the charge sheet against him, Abu Alkra’a, a 24-year-old resident of the West Bank, decided to carry out the attack following U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Abu Alkra’a planned and carried out the attack alone, buying in advance an 11 centimeter (4 inch) kitchen knife near his home in Barta’a, in the northern West Bank. He entered the city with a work permit he held as an employee in the Harish regional council, a new town that is being rapidly expanded near Haifa.

Abu Alkra’a approached the bus station entrance, where a female security guard asked him to show ID and go through a metal detector. The metal detector kept beeping, although he removed all metal objects from his pockets. At that point, Elmaliach approached him.

“When the suspect was asked to take off his jacket and go through the metal detector again, he decided to carry out the stabbing right there,” the indictment states. “At the same time, because of his appearance and the way Asher spoke, the suspect realized that Asher was Jewish, and the suspect decided to stab Asher to death with the knife. The suspect removed the jacket he was wearing, hesitated in taking the sleeve off his right arm and pulled the knife out of the jacket with his right hand. The suspect threw his jacket off, drew near Asher and stabbed him in the chest with the intention of killing him.”

Sagiv Ozri, the attorney who filed the indictment, also requested that Abu Alkra’a be held until the end of legal proceedings.
The indictment also notes that Alkra’a posted a message the evening before the attack on his Facebook page, in which he wrote: “For Allah, we rise up, strive to raise the flag, return religion to its glory, return Al-Aqsa to its glory, let our blood be shed. Our blood is cheap [compared] to the cause of the homeland and Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa.” 

He also wrote a will before the attack.

Elmaliah, a 46-year-old resident of the settlement of Adam, remains in serious condition. He is under sedation and is intubated.

Suspect in Jerusalem stabbing charged with attempted murder

Yassin Abu Alkra’a told investigators that he decided to stab a security guard, Asher Elmaliach, after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He acted alone, buying a kitchen knife near his home