Fam­ily’s an­guish over stu­dent killed in Is­rael

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

TRIB­UTES HAVE been paid to Han­nah Bladon, the 20-year-old Bri­tish woman who was mur­dered in Jerusalem on Fri­day.

The Birm­ing­ham Univer­sity the­ol­ogy and ar­chae­ol­ogy stu­dent, who was on an ex­change pro­gramme in Is­rael at the He­brew Univer­sity, was stabbed in an at­tack on Jerusalem’s light rail­way. A 30-year-old preg­nant woman and a 50-year-old man were also wounded in the at­tack.

Is­raeli Am­bu­lance ser­vice paramedics gave her CPR at the scene but were un­able to save her life.

In a state­ment re­leased by the For­eign Of­fice, Ms Bladon’s fam­ily in Bur­ton-on-Trent said they were “dev­as­tated by this sense­less and tragic at­tack”.

Han­nah was “the most car­ing, sen­si­tive and com­pas­sion­ate daugh­ter you could ever wish for”, they said. She was “a tal­ented mu­si­cian, part of a serv­ing team at her lo­cal church and a mem­ber of her lo­cal ar­chae­ol­ogy group.”

The He­brew Univer­sity and the Roth­berg In­ter­na­tional School, where she had been en­rolled, ex­pressed their “deep sor­row” over her death.

The univer­sity con­demned “such acts of ter­ror that harm in­no­cent peo­ple, and es­pe­cially a stu­dent who came to Jerusalem to study and widen her aca­demic hori­zons”.

One of Ms Bladon’s tu­tors in Is­rael, Rona Evyasaf, wrote on Face­book: “At the lit­tle time we had, I found her to be very se­ri­ous about her stud­ies and very ex­cited about ar­chae­ol­ogy. This is break­ing my heart.”

The Bishop of Lich­field, the Right Rev­erend Dr Michael Ip­grave — who chairs the Coun­cil of Chris­tians and Jews — said he had asked for prayers to be re­cited for Ms Bladon at St Ge­orge’s Cathe­dral in Jerusalem.

Ms Bladon was a keen sup­porter of Derby County football club. A minute’s si­lence was held for her at the club’s Cham­pi­onship game on Mon­day.

Po­lice ar­rested a Pales­tinian man after the at­tack. He was named as Jamil Tamimi, a 57-year-old with a his­tory of men­tal ill­ness.

The State Prose­cu­tor’s Of­fice in Jerusalem pro­nounced him fit to stand trial after a psy­chi­atric as­sess­ment.

Is­rael’s Chan­nel 2 news re­ported that Tamimi told in­ves­ti­ga­tors he car­ried out the at­tack be­cause he wanted to die and hoped the soldier who was stand­ing next to

Ms Bladon on the tram would shoot him.

Han­nah Bladon

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