A Yerushalayim court has imposed a 22-year prison sentence on Yasin Abu Alkara, the terrorist who in December 2017 attempted to murder Asher Elmaliach, a security guard at the Yerushalayim Central Bus Station. Elmaliach was injured when a terrorist in mid-December pulled out a knife and stabbed him in the chest outside the Yerushalayim central bus station. He was badly injured and remained in critical condition for several days before his condition stabilized. Alkara was convicted of attempted murder last year.
According to the indictment against Alkara, the terrorist carried out the attack motivated by the announcement by President Donald Trump that the U.S. recognized Yerushalayim as Israel’s capital. Security forces said that the night before the attack, Alkara posted on social media that he wanted to “return our religion to its glory and raise the flag, to return Al Aqsa to its greatness. Let our blood be spilled. Our blood is cheap for the liberation of Al Aqsa.”
After Alkara stabbed Elmaliach, he ran away, and was pursued by a security guard – who eventually tackled him with the help of Yerushalayim taxi driver Yosef Ben-Amo, who was cited for his heroic efforts by police. Speaking in an interview on Hadashot News, Ben-Amo said that he saw the security guard grab the terrorist, and at first thought there was a fight – which he said he tried to break up. At that point the security guard told him that the person he was wrestling to the ground was a terrorist – and Ben-Amo joined in and helped subdue Kara. “I gave him a punch that neutralized him,” the taxi driver said. “I didn’t have a weapon but I do have experience with Krav Maga fighting techniques. I did whatever I could, as I am sure any citizen would do. I don’t consider myself a hero.”