“We received a report that someone had been seriously injured in a stabbing attack on the light railway. There was one young woman in critical condition, as well as others suffering from shock. After the young woman received CPR treatment and was taken to hospital by MDA (Magen David Adom), the ZAKA volunteers remained at the scene to collect the remains,” said Bentzi Oering, Jerusalem commander for the ZAKA volunteer emergency response group.
The attack took place near the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, which was crowded with tourists marking Passover and Good Friday.
“This week thousands have come through the ancient gates of Jerusalem, to celebrate the feasts of Passover and Easter throughout the city—while the security forces work to ensure the safety of the dear residents and visitors to the city,” said Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. “And so we will continue to do. Terror can never overcome us. Terror will never destroy our lives here.”
Israel’s Shin Bet security agency identified the terrorist as Jamil Tamimi, 57, from the Ras al-Amud neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem.
According to the Shin Bet, Tamimi recently tried to commit suicide by swallowing a razor blade at a hospital in northern Israel, and was found guilty of sexually assaulting his daughter in 2011.
In a statement, Netanyahu said, “In the name of all the people of Israel, I offer condolences to the family of the murdered girl.”
“Radical Islamic terrorism strikes in capital cities across the world,” he said in reference to a spate of attacks in Sweden, Britain and other countries. “Unfortunately, it struck today in the capital of Israel, Jerusalem.”
Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, also issued his condolences and said the Palestinian Authority “must be held accountable,” in a tweet Friday.