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Police announced Sunday it arrested a suspect in last month’s stabbing attack,
in which a Jewish youth was seriously wounded in Jerusalem’s Ramot
The suspect, 20-year-old Zaid Abd al-Rahman from the
village of Beit Iksa, near Ramot, was arrested several days ago in a joint
police, IDF and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) operation. A media ban on the
arrest was lifted on Sunday.
Danon condemns J'lem stabbing as 'loathsome act of terror'
According to police, the suspect confessed
to the crime and reenacted the stabbing for police Sunday morning.
suspect told police his decision to stab the Jewish youth was politically
Rahman is expected to have his remand extended at a military
court in Jerusalem in the coming days.
The victim was sitting on the
street with a friend when the attacker walked up, stabbed him and immediately
fled, Jerusalem deputy police spokeswoman Shlomit Bajshi said.
soldiers and Shin Bet personnel combed the area around Ramot in search for the
suspect, making an arrest nearly three weeks after the incident.
neighborhood is located in northwestern Jerusalem, over the pre-1967 Green
The victim was evacuated to Hadassah University Medical Center in
Ein Kerem in serious condition. His condition later improved to
Politicians were quick to condemn the attack.
hateful attack is an example of the Palestinian culture of terror. We must find
the terrorist and destroy his home,” MK Danny Danon (Likud) said. “After our
generosity, the time has come for strong action.
“We are witnessing a
renewed wave of terrorism, as a result of our encouraging terrorists by freeing
hundreds of murderers from prison,” MK Arye Eldad (National Union) said. “Only
rehabilitating our deterrence against Hamas by killing its leadership in Gaza,
including [Ahmed] Ja’bari, who held Gilad Schalit – only action and not just
reaction to a major terrorist attack – will be able to keep back the expected
wave of terrorism and save the lives of Jewish people.”Melanie Lidman
and Lahav Harkov contributed to this report.