Jerusalem Light Rail Terrorist Was Suicidal; British Victim Was Student

Terrorists are obviously troubled individuals, but specific details have come to light regarding the Palestinian terrorist that launched a stabbing attack last Friday (April 14) on the Jerusalem light rail. According to an Israel Security Agency press release, Jamil Tamimi, recently attempted suicide by swallowing a razor blade and had been convicted of abusing his own daughter in 2011. Noted the ISA, “This is not the first time that a Palestinian suffering from personal, mental or moral distress has chosen to commit a terrorist attack in order to escape his problems.” Tamimi was arrested by the Israelis after the attack, according to Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld’s Twitter feed.

Meanwhile, Tamimi’s victim on Friday was Hannah Bladon, a British exchange student learning at Hebrew University. Expressing “deep sorrow” over Bladon’s murder, a University press release noted the school extends “our deepest condolences to her family and we share in their sorrow. The university condemns such acts of terror that harm innocent people​, and especially a student​ who came to Jerusalem to study and ​widen her academic horizons.”

Bladon had come to Hebrew University from the University of Birmingham in the UK. According to the Hebrew University press release, she began her studies in Israel at the end of January of this year and had been planning to continue her studies there until the end of the semester.

Hebrew University isn’t the only Israeli institution that will be missing Hannah Bladon. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) also put out a press release noting that the British student had recently volunteered in an IAA excavation. Hannah was supposed to return to the project, located at Wilson’s Arch in the Western Wall tunnels, after the holidays.

Said spokeswoman Yoli Shwartz in the press release, “The Israel Antiquities Authority sends its deepest condolences to the Bladon family over the murder of their daughter, Hannah, in the stabbing attack that occurred on the light rail line in Jerusalem.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin both also offered their condolences after Bladon was killed in what Netanyahu called a murder in “cold blood” in a comment posted to Twitter by Prime Minister’s Office Spokesman Ofir Gendelman

Meanwhile, Gendelman separately noted in a Saturday Twitter post a disturbing reality regarding Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’ reaction to the attack: “Not only didn’t PA President Abbas condemn #HannahBladon’s murder, but he’ll REWARD the Palestinian attacker who did it w/ a monthly salary.”

(By Joshua Spurlock,, April 16, 2017)

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