Arab attacker detained, but released days later

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Sunday, January 22, 2023, 18:44 Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher wrote a letter to Major-General Yehuda Fuchs, the GOC of the Central Command, and to Major-General Uzi Cohen, the Yehuda and Shomron District Police Commander, after he discovered that a terrorist who attacked a Jew shopping in Deir Qaddis last week had been detained, but released under restrictive conditions several days later.

In the letter, Bleicher described the attack: “My client traveled with two of his friends to shop [in Deir Qaddis] as a social outing. As they were shopping, local Arabs gathered around them, cursed them, and shoved them. My client and his friends tried to speak to the attackers, but they continued to shout, and one of them threatened my client: ‘I’m going to kill you.’ More and more Arabs arrived and stood around. A group of approximately five actually attacked my client and his friends by hitting and punching them. At some point, one of the attackers pulled out a screwdriver and stabbed my client in the head. When my client understood that he had been stabbed, he reached out and grasped the personal weapon that he was carrying. This act deterred the attackers and they backed off. My client’s life was saved at the last moment.”

Bleicher wrote that his client discovered that the terrorist had been released to his home: “My client and his friends gave a photograph of the terrorist who stabbed [my client] to the Modi’in Ilit Police Station, where [my client] was informed that the terrorist had been apprehended. Now, to the shock of my client, he received an update from the crime victim notification system that the terrorist had been released to his home. This is a serious failure. I demand that my client’s request be examined immediately, the terrorist be remanded until the end of proceedings, and that he be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher stated, “The release of the terrorist is a failure, an immediate threat to the security of Israeli citizens, and causes damage to the general feeling of security of Israeli citizens. It is inconceivable that a terrorist who stabbed a Jew would be released to his home several days later. We expect the government ministers and the decision makers to act towards the immediate detention of the terrorist and his accomplices before it is too late.”

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