Photo Credit: Security Camera
Stabbing at the Jerusalem Central Bus Station. Dec. 10, 2017

The Jerusalem District State Attorney’s office on Thursday (December 28) filed an indictment against Yasin Abu al-Kara, charging him with attempted murder in the stabbing attack on a security guard at the entrance to the central bus station in Jerusalem earlier this month.

Abu al-Kara, 24, is being held until the end of legal proceedings. A resident of Wadi Fara, near Shechem (Nablus) in the Palestinian Authority, he was present in Israel illegally when he attacked 46-year-old Asher Elmaliach on December 10, stabbing and severely wounding him.


Abu al-Kara took advantage of a work permit he had received to engage in agricultural work in the seam zone.

During the investigation it was learned that he planned and perpetrated the attack on his own, according to a statement by the Israel Security Agency, the Shin Bet. He had been influenced by online incitement following the U.S. declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The suspect wrote a will prior to carrying out the attack in which he used a citation about martyrs found in a Palestinian Authority (PA) textbook.

“This attack stresses the severe incitement to which Palestinians in Judea and Samaria are exposed as well as the influence of material studied in PA textbooks as a motivating factor and source of inspiration for terrorist attacks against Israelis,” the Shin Bet said in a statement.

It should also be noted that the Palestinian Authority government in Ramallah will reward this suspect with a generous monthly salary for the duration of his incarceration if convicted, in addition to a significant grant to be received upon his release from prison, with assistance in job placement as well.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.