State indicts alleged Palestinian terrorist tackled by Jerusalem Mayor Barkat

Defendant is also indicted for separate counts of throwing Molotov cocktails, firecrackers and stones at IDF soldiers near a West Bank checkpoint during the summer Gaza War.

March 15, 2015 17:42
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and his security guards apprehend a Palestinian terrorist

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and his security guards apprehend a Palestinian terrorist. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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The Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office on Sunday filed an indictment with the Jerusalem District Court Juvenile Division against a 17-year-old Palestinian for an attempted terrorist attack partially halted when the minor was tackled by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

The Palestinian was videoed stabbing a 30-year-old haredi man at IDF Square in Jerusalem on February 22, before being subdued by Barkat.

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Multiple spectators referred to Barkat as the “super” mayor following the incident.

The Palestinian’s name is being kept under gag order since he is a minor, though initial reports had estimated his age at 19 years old.

The defendant was also indicted for separate counts of throwing Molotov cocktails, an improvised explosive pipe, firecrackers and stones at soldiers near the Atarot checkpoint during Operation Protective Edge.

According to the indictment, the Palestinian broke through a loose point in the West Bank barrier at some earlier point in February.

Next, the indictments said he stole a knife from a store near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem and walked to IDF Square.

When he saw the Haredi man, he attacked him, stabbing him in the chest to try to kill him, said the indictment.

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