Nakba Day road attack 311.
(photo credit: YAAKOV LAPPIN)
The Tel Aviv District Attorney’s Office indicted Islam Ibrahim Issa on Thursday,
charging him with murder, attempted murder, causing bodily harm and endangering
lives on the road for the May 15 Nakba Day truck rampage in the city that left
one person dead and 17 injured.
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According to the indictment, Issa, a
23-year-old resident of Kafr Kassem, was driven by nationalist ideology and
planned in advance to use his vehicle, a 15-ton Volvo truck, to kill as many
Jews as possible on Nakba Day.
The indictment describes Issa’s lethal
tear along Rehov Bar Lev in Tel Aviv, which started at 9:30 in the morning when
he smashed into a vehicle sporting an Israeli flag near the Mesubim
He allegedly went on to ram seven more vehicles, including a
scooter and a bus before exiting his vehicle and using a blunt object to beat
passersby while shouting “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for God is great, and racial
epithets against Jews.
“In his actions, the defendant caused the death of
the victim [Aviv Morag] in cold blood and without any provocation, under
calculated circumstances in which he understood the meaning of his actions,
having prepared himself to kill the deceased,” said the indictment. “The
defendant also attempted to kill Assaf Amitai, Ofir Ashkenazi, Oren Kol, Shmuel
Karmani, Korin Zigdon, Daniel Shiloah and Meir Levi.”
Since his arrest
immediately following the rampage, Issa has denied that he planned to kill
anyone, arguing that he simply lost control of his vehicle due to a punctured
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The state’s attorney asked to have Issa remanded until the end of
legal proceedings. The defense asked for a psychiatric evaluation to determine
whether Issa was suffering from temporary insanity or another emotional ailment
at the time of the incident. The judge agreed to the evaluation and set a remand
hearing for June 19.
After Thursday’s hearing, members of Issa’s family
said he was being indicted for murder only because he was an Arab. They told
reporters that the truth would come out in court.
David Morag, the dead
man’s father, told Israel Radio he was pleased that police had refused to
believe Issa’s claim that it had been an accident.
“We were lucky that he
didn’t kill more people in his wild and murderous rampage,” said Morag.
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