(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The state on Monday indicted Kiryat Arba resident David Mizrahi for attempted
murder after he tried to kill a Palestinian who, minutes before, had attacked
his wife and a passerby with a knife and an ax.
The trial will be be held
in Jerusalem District Court.
The incident occurred on the afternoon of
November 26, 2009, when Wasim Masauda entered a gas station at the entrance to
Kiryat Arba, where Mizrahi owned a Yellow brand convenience store. Mizrahi’s
wife, Tamar, was behind the cash register. Masauda stabbed her in the throat
with a knife and ran outside, where he found Moshe Salfati fueling his
Masauda struck Salfati in the back of the neck with an ax, but
Salfati struggled with his assailant and wrested the ax away.
station’s security guard saw what was happening and shot at Masauda, who ran 20
meters and collapsed. Three soldiers heard the shots and rushed to the scene.
Seeing Masauda lying on the ground, they aimed their rifles at him. Masauda
suddenly got to his feet and started running toward them, shouting “Allahu
akbar.” The soldiers opened fire, at which point Masauda collapsed and lay
In the meantime, Mizrahi, who was not present, heard about the
attack and rushed to the scene. According to the charge sheet, he began looking
for the assailant with the intention of killing him. The first person he saw was
Salfati, who was holding a cloth to his neck wound. Thinking Salfati was the
assailant, he kicked him in the face.
When Mizrahi realized his mistake,
he got in his car and continued searching.
After finding Masauda lying on
the ground, he ran him over. He then drove the car backwards and forwards over
Masauda several times. Finally, bystanders who had surrounded the Palestinian
pulled Mizrahi out of the car and ended the incident. Masauda survived.