'My cousin made me do it,' 13-year-old Palestinian stabber tells police

By ALLON HACHMON
October 19, 2015 15:08

 
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Ahmed Manasra, the 13-year-old Palestinian boy who along with his cousin was arrested for allegedly taking part in a stabbing attack that wounded two Israelis in the Pisgat Ze'ev section of Jerusalem last week, changed his story when questioned by authorities about his part in the assault.

According to the Palestinian teen, it was his 15-year-old cousin, Hassan, who perpetrated the stabbings.


Investigators interrogated Manasra from his hospital bed at Hadassah University Medical Center in Ein Kerem.


"I was with my cousin, but I didn't stab anyone," he told authorities. "I even pleaded with him not to stab anyone. I didn't want to go through with it even though at first we left the house with the intention of stabbing Jews. This was after my cousin persuaded me to come with him. I was just afraid."


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