Four days after volunteer police shot to death Raz Attias, 18, when he
threatened to kill his pregnant girlfriend, new details emerged on Sunday
regarding the hours leading up to the tragedy.
Attias sent a message on
Thursday afternoon to Channel 2’s website, saying he planned to commit suicide
along with his 17-year-old girlfriend somewhere along the road from Tel Aviv to
Channel 2 forwarded Attias’s comment to
Officers arrived at the Attias home in Petah Tikva and spoke with
his parents and friends in an effort to locate Raz.
His friends tried to
organize a meeting on Cliff Beach on Thursday, on the northern edge of Tel Aviv,
to calm him down with the cooperation of the police. When the friends, police
and family realized he was in the Jerusalem vicinity, police got in touch with
the mother of his girlfriend, who urged the young couple via cellphone to come
back to the girlfriend’s family home in Jerusalem. The family begged the police
not to put up roadblocks to find the couple, as getting stopped by the police
would probably frighten Attias even further.
“If only he could have seen
me, he would have broken down. We would have hugged, and then we would have gone
home and returned to our lives,” Attias’s mother, Riki, told reporters outside
her home in Petah Tikva on Saturday.
Outside Beit Shemesh on Thursday,
Attias fired shots in the air, apparently to test the handgun he had stolen from
his father, who is in the military.
Around 1 a.m., Attias’s car hit the
guard rail on the road from Moshav Ramat Raziel to Beit Shemesh. It is unclear
if he hit the rail because he was going too fast or if he saw the police and was
worried about getting stopped.
At first, volunteer police officers
thought they were responding to a routine traffic accident and not a suicide
As the volunteer policemen approached, Attias pointed the gun at
his girlfriend and threatened to kill her, Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel
Ben-Ruby said. Then he shot in the direction of the officers, lightly wounding
one in the head. The other volunteers opened fire, killing Attias instantly. It
was only a matter of moments between when the volunteer police arrived at the
car and Attias was killed.
Riki Attias slammed the police’s
“If only they had acted as they promised and not gotten
involved,” she told reporters.
“I saw [his body on Saturday] morning at
[the L. Greenberg Institute of Forensic Medicine at] Abu Kabir. They didn’t
shoot him all over his body, but they did shoot him in his head.... Why did they
shoot him in the head? Why didn’t they shoot him in the legs? If they had done
that this whole story could have ended differently,” she said.
for me to believe that he shot first. The boy was scared... When he saw them, it
seems that he lost his senses.
It doesn’t matter who shot first or who
shot second, it won’t bring him back,” she said.
Riki Attias added that
her son had dreamed of becoming a career military officer.
couple met while studying at a boarding school in the North.
said she knew her son’s girlfriend was pregnant, and she had traveled up North
to talk to the two young people about their options. Riki Attias told reporters
her son was highly stressed because his girlfriend kept changing her mind about
whether to have an abortion. She blames activists from EFRAT, an antiabortion
organization, who she said harassed his girlfriend while she was in the
The 17-year-old had complained of stomach pain and while
hospitalized realized she was pregnant.
“The central problem was that
there were three activists from EFRAT, called ‘pregnancy supporters,’ who sat
with her and said, ‘Don’t abort, we’re from EFRAT, we will support you,’” Riki
Ruth Tidhar, the assistant director of EFRAT, said the
organization had no record of interaction with Attias’s girlfriend.
EFRAT organization does not send volunteers to the hospitals, that’s not what we
do,” she said.
Tidhar stressed that since the girl is a minor, the
organization would have taken different steps to offer her help.
added that the girl may have been approached by EFRAT supporters, not official
volunteers representing the organization, who urged her not to have an abortion.