The assailant who stabbed an Israeli man near a supermarket in the West Bank settlement of Sha'ar Binyamin on Friday has turned himself in to the Palestinian security services, authorities announced on Saturday.Bara'a Issa stabbed the Israeli civilian near the Rami Levi store and fled the scene.Shortly after the stabbing, Magen David Adom paramedics reported finding a man in serious condition with stab wounds to his upper body. Issa posted a video on social media accepting credit for the attack.In the clip, which in all likelihood was recorded prior to the attack on Friday, he said that his motivation for stabbing the Israeli was "to defend the al-Aksa mosque.""On behalf of myself and the Palestinian people, I, Bara'a Issa, a son of Jerusalem, set out to defend the al-Aksa mosque and our holy land," he said. "I sacrifice myself and dedicate myself to this attack, without any individual or organization guiding me."The video went viral among Palestinian users of social media on Friday just hours after it was first posted on Issa's Facebook page. This is believed to be the first time that a Palestinian lone-wolf attacker posted a video clip claiming credit for his actions on social media.
Issa called on fellow Palestinian youths to follow in his footsteps."My young brothers, martyrdom is the best thing [out there] and I call on you to continue on this path of liberation and die as a martyr," he says in the clip. "Your brother, Bara'a Issa, the al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades, the military wing of Fatah."
Stabbing attack Sha"ar Binyamin Industrial Park Nov 6, 2015