Arab Murderer of U.K. Student Gets 18 Years in Prison

Israeli policemen block a road where the light train passes following a stabbing attack just outside Yerushalayim’s Old City, April 14, 2017. (Reuters/Ammar Awad/File Photo)

Jamil Tamimi, an Arab terrorist who in 2017 murdered Hannah Bladon, an exchange student from the U..K., was sentenced to 18 years in prison in a plea deal on Monday. Bladon was stabbed as she stood on a light rail train in Yerushalayim.

Tamimi, a 58-year-old resident of the Ras al-Amud neighborhood of Yerushalayim, was arrested after he stabbed Bladon numerous times. Tamimi was disarmed by an off-duty police officer who tackled him immediately after the stabbing. Under questioning, Tamimi told interrogators that he stabbed Bladon in order to prompt soldiers to shoot and kill him. According to officials, Tamimi suffered from a number of mental issues, and had been in and out of psychiatric institutions for years.

Jamil Tamimi, 58, a member of the Tamimi clan, who stabbed and killed British tourist Hannah Bladon on April 14, 2017, is brought for a court hearing at the Yerushalayim District Court, on June 7, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Overnight Sunday, security officials said they arrested 8 wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.