Light rail attack suspect in court 370.
(photo credit: Melanie Lidman)
The Jerusalem district attorney filed an indictment on Thursday in the Jerusalem
District Court charging an 18-year-old east Jerusalem youth with attempted murder
after he allegedly stabbed a soldier on the capital’s light train network
earlier this month.
The defendant, Muhammad Shuman from the Beit Hanina
neighborhood, was also charged with possession of a knife and obstruction of
The soldier, 19-year-old Yehudit Aharon, was stabbed several
times in the upper body while traveling to her base on the Jerusalem Light Rail
on March 15. She was transferred in a serious condition to Shaare Zedek Hospital
and was released last Thursday. The stab wounds missed her heart by a few
centimeters, which doctors said was “a miracle.”
According to the
indictment, for three years before the attack, Shuman had watched Arab TV news
reports about the Palestinians, including on Hamas’s Al-Aksa television channel
and on CNN, and felt angry about the current situation and the IDF’s treatment
of Palestinians at security checkpoints.
He allegedly took a folding
knife with him when he left his home in Beit Hanina early on the day of the
attack, intending to go to school for a test. However, when he got to school he
decided he didn’t want to take the test, and at 10:20 a.m. he boarded a light
rail train at the Shuafat Center station, where he saw the female soldier, the
He decided to “do something” about his anger
regarding the Palestinians by stabbing and killing the soldier, the indictment
As the train approached the Beit Hanina station, he allegedly
got up, took out his knife and stabbed the soldier in an attempt to murder her.
According to the indictment, the soldier tried to protect herself, but Shuman
stabbed her repeatedly.
Shuman allegedly fled the train, but when he got
home he decided to travel to Ramallah and boarded a bus. He threw his knife out
of the bus window so it could not be used to connect him with the stabbing, the
The soldier suffered cuts to her right hand, as well as
stab wounds and fractures to her solar plexus. She was rushed to Shaare Zedek’s
cardiac intensive care unit, where she required ventilation, a lung drain and
stitches for her hand.
Alongside the indictment, the district attorney
filed a request that Shuman be remanded in custody for the duration of the legal
proceedings against him.Melanie Lidman contributed to this report.