A 22-year-old female terrorist from Kafr Qasem who was indicted in Lod Central District Court on Sunday told her interrogators she was “inspired by a dream” to murder Jews as part of her increased religious observance of Islam.
She was charged on Sunday with attempted murder.
Shatila Abu Iyad stabbed an Israeli woman in her 30s on April 3 before being overpowered by a nearby security guard who knocked the knife out of her hand.
She was not shot and instead was restrained by the security guard until police arrived. When her bag was searched authorities found a second knife as well. Security personnel said they would question her in order to “more fully understand her motives.”
According to the indictment Iyadh’s dream prompted her to become more religious. Part of her new obligations to Allah required her to kill Jews, she said.
Iyadh told her interrogators she planned to blow up two restaurants in Rosh Ha’Ayin’s Afek Industrial Park.
She therefore purchased the proper materials for building a bomb and researched the instructions for the process on the Internet. She also made contact with an agent to purchase an automatic weapon, but failed in both tasks.