Bus Station Stabber Indicted; Victim Still Critical But Improving

YERUSHALAYIM -

The terrorist who stabbed and severely wounded a security guard at the Yerushalayim Central Bus Station was indicted on Thursday.

On December 10th, Yasin Abu al-Kara, 24, a resident of Wadi Fara, near Shechem, who had been present in Israel illegally, attacked and nearly killed Asher Elmaliach, who was rushed to hospital in critical condition.

At the bus station, he was asked to go through the metal detector. When he saw that Elmaliach — the guard who checked him — was Jewish, he pulled out his knife from his jacket and stabbed him in the chest.

On Sunday, Shaare Zedek Medical Center said that Elmaliach’s condition had improved, and that his life was not in immediate danger. He was disconnected from life support but remained in the intensive care unit and was still on the critical list.

During his investigation it was learned that he planned and perpetrated the attack on his own. He had been influenced by online incitement following the U.S. declaration recognizing Yerushalayim 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.