Ter­ror­ist tack­led by Barkat in Fe­bru­ary sen­tenced to 18 years

Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By YONAH JEREMY BOB

A 17-year-old Pales­tinian was sen­tenced to 18 years in prison on Sun­day at the Jerusalem Dis­trict Court for a ter­ror­ist at­tack that was cut short when Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat tack­led him.

The mi­nor was videoed stab­bing a 30-year-old haredi man at IDF Square in the cap­i­tal on Fe­bru­ary 22, be­fore be­ing sub­dued by Barkat. The stab­ber was also or­dered to pay NIS 100,000 in com­pen­sa­tion to his vic­tim as part of his sen­tence for at­tempted mur­der and sev­eral other crimes.

Spec­ta­tors re­ferred to Barkat as the “Su­per Mayor” fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent.

The ter­ror­ist’s name is be­ing kept un­der gag order since he is a mi­nor.

The de­fen­dant was also in­dicted for sep­a­rate counts of throw­ing Molo­tov cock­tails, an im­pro­vised pipe bomb, fire­crack­ers and stones at sol­diers near the Ka­landiya check­point, also known as the Atarot check­point, be­tween Jerusalem and Ramallah, dur­ing the sum­mer 2014 Gaza war.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment, the Pales­tinian crossed through a weak point in the West Bank security bar­rier at some ear­lier point in Fe­bru­ary.

Next, he stole a knife from a store near the Da­m­as­cus Gate in Jerusalem and walked to IDF Square.

When he saw the haredi man, he at­tacked him, stab­bing him in the chest to try to kill him.

Fur­ther, noted the in­dict­ment, the Pales­tinian stabbed the haredi man a sec­ond time, dur­ing which the haredi man called out “Stab­bing” and started try­ing to es­cape into the street.

Barkat, his chief of staff, a security guard and his driver all ap­proached the Pales­tinian.

Af­ter the security guard aimed his gun at the ter­ror­ist, he dropped his knife, fol­low­ing which Barkat and the security guard tack­led him and as­sisted the wounded haredi man.

Barkat, 56, served in the Para­troop Brigade from 1977 to 1983, and is a ma­jor in the re­serves.

Jerusalem Post staff con­trib­uted to this re­port.

(Marc Is­rael Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

NIR BARKAT

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