Case closed despite security camera video evidence

The injury; Photo credit: Courtesy of the photographer

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Sunday, November 14, 2021, 9:39 The Attorney General’s office rejected an appeal filed by Honenu against the closing of an investigative case into a stabbing attack and stated that although evidence has been gathered from security cameras that documented the attack, the identity of the suspect has not been determined.

The case is of a stabbing attack in Jerusalem in which a married hareidi yeshiva student was injured by an Arab assailant last February. As the student was walking near Salah a-Din Street and the Jerusalem District Court building, the Arab assailant started to walk very close to him. At some point the assailant cursed the student and assaulted him. The student pushed the assailant away with his hands and then, to his horror, saw that the assailant was holding a knife. Then the student noticed that he had suffered a stab wound to his hand when he fought off the terrorist. The student called the police, who arrived at the scene and combed the area in search of the terrorist. Two weeks later the police closed the case, because no suspects had been found. Honenu subsequently filed an appeal and demanded that the evidence from the security cameras at the site be examined.

Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher, who is representing the victim, leveled criticism at the law enforcement authorities: “This is an insane and shocking failure. The police are not even attempting to apprehend the assailant. An antisemitic terrorist walking around with a knife in his pocket who will not hesitate to injure Jews can continue his life as usual, and there is nothing left to do other than pray that the citizens of Israel will not pay a price for this serious decision.”

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