Civilian shoots Palestinian in attempted stabbing attack in the West Bank

The terrorist tried to stab an Israeli driver while he was stuck in a traffic jam at the Bitot Junction.

April 3, 2019 20:54
2 minute read.
Civilian shoots Palestinian in attempted stabbing attack in the West Bank

The scene of an attempted terrorist attack just south of Nablus. (photo credit: NADAV GOLDSTEIN/TPS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


A terrorist attempted to stab an Israeli driver while stuck in a traffic jam at the Bitot Junction near the village of Huwara, located south of Nablus in the West Bank on Wednesday morning.

According to a statement from the IDF, the terrorist was shot by a civilian and neutralized after trying to carry out a stabbing attack in the area. The Palestinian was transferred to Belinson Hospital in critical condition and died from his wounds.

Yehoshua Sherman, director of URP's field division, was in the vehicle that the Palestinian holding a knife tried to open the door. "I left the vehicle while the terrorist tried to overtake the next vehicle. I neutralized him by gunfire while assisting another resident from a nearby settlement who was behind me," Sherman said.

"This incident illustrates the importance of completing the construction of the Huwara bypass as agreed with the prime minister," said the head of the Shomron Regional Council Yossi Dagan. Dagan also backed the father who neutralized the terrorist and saved his daughter.

Samaria has been a hot bed for terrorist attacks and attempted terrorist attacks in recent months.

Late last month, a bus was set alight after terrorist allegedly threw a Molotov Cocktail at it in the northern West Bank near the settlement of Kedumim, according to local media reports.

The bus was damaged, however, there were no injuries as it was empty.

Just days before two Israelis were lightly injured after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at their vehicle in the northern West Bank, close to the city of Nablus.

On March 18, two Israelis, a 19-year-old soldier and 47-year-old father of 11, were killed in a terrorist attack near the settlement of Ariel.

An IDF officer was seriously injured and a Border Police soldier was lightly injured after Palestinians rammed them with their car during an arrest operation in the West Bank, the military reported following the event.

The force opened fire on the vehicle’s three occupants, killing two and wounding the third, who was arrested. The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the two killed as 20-year-olds Amir Mahmoud Darraj from the Kharbatha al-Misbah village and Youssef Raed Mahmoud Anqawi from Beit Sira. The injured Palestinian, also aged 20, was identified as Haitham Jumaa Alqam from the village of Safa.

Anna Ahronheim and Ilanit Chernick contributed to this report.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Sudanese and Eritrean immigrants protesting
April 19, 2019
Fall of al-Bashir brings no change for Israel’s Sudanese refugees