2017 Jerusalem Light Rail stabbing

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The 2017 Jerusalem Light Rail stabbing was a stabbing attack and suspected act of terrorism that occurred on Good Friday, April 14, 2017, on Jerusalem Light Rail's car. In the attack, a British student in her 20s was stabbed to death by a Palestinian. Two others, including a pregnant woman, were injured in the incident.[1] The attacker was arrested and was deemed competent to stand trial.


Stabbing attacks were rare in Israel in 2017, although there was a spate of them in the fall of 2015 and early 2016.[2] The attack took place as crowds of pilgrims from around Israel and the world gathered in the center of Jerusalem to celebrate Passover and Good Friday.[2]


The attack occurred at about 1:00 pm April 14, 2017, as a knife-wielding man stabbed a 21 year old British exchange student. An off-duty police officer riding the light rail pulled an emergency brake and tackled the perpetrator, who was then arrested.[3][4][4]

According to Israel's domestic security service, Shin Bet, the attacker was known to the authorities and the attack may have been a “suicide by soldier,” a phenomenon seen in other incidents in the last 18 months, "in which a Palestinian suffering from mental health or personal issues has chosen to carry out an attack as a way out of his problems."[4]

After his arrest, pepetrator reportedly told investigators that he stabbed Bladon because he wanted the soldier standing beside her to kill him.[5]

Alleged Perpetrator

The accused is a Palestinian Arab from the Ras al-Amud neighborhood of East Jerusalem who was known to security services and had recently been released from a mental health facility where he was treated for attempted suicide.[6][4] In 2011, the accused was convicted of molesting his daughter.[6]

In the immediate aftermath of the attack the accused was sent for mental examination by a psychiatrist.[7] Psychiatric examiners judged him mentally fit to stand trial.[8]

Under Palestinian law, the Palestinian Authority will pay a sum not to exceed £2,500 per month to the accused while he is imprisoned.[9]


Hannah Bladon, a 20-year-old student in Israel on an exchange program from the University of Birmingham was fatally injured and died in ambulance en route to Hadassah Medical Center.[10][11][12][13][3][14][15][16][17]


  • Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu said: "Radical Islamic terrorism is striking world capitals. Regretfully, terrorism struck today in Israel's capital – Jerusalem."[4]
  • Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said “The bitter news of the young woman’s death in a terror attack in Jerusalem fills me with deep sorrow.”[18]
  • Mark Regev Israeli ambassador to the UK, said “My thoughts are with the family and friends of UK student Hannah Bladon, who was murdered in a senseless act of terror in Jerusalem today."[4][19].
  • A spokesman for the Hebrew 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." [20]
  • Right Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, Bishop of Lichfield, expressed "deep sadness," over the killing. [21]

See also


  1. Fisher, Ian (14 April 2017). "British Student Is Fatally Stabbed on Train in Jerusalem". https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/14/world/middleeast/british-tourist-killed-jerusalem.html. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Eglash, Ruth (14 April 2017). "Woman fatally stabbed in Jerusalem amid Good Friday gatherings". Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/woman-fatally-stabbed-in-jerusalem-amid-good-friday-gatherings/2017/04/14/0d416006-2105-11e7-ad74-3a742a6e93a7_story.html?utm_term=.cfdb7f34b5c6. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Jerusalem stabbing: Hannah Bladon named as victim". BBC. 14 April 2017. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39601337. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Beaumont, Peter (14 April 2017). "Jerusalem stabbing: British student, 21, killed close to Old City". Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/14/british-woman-stabbed-to-death-in-jerusalem-good-friday. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  5. "British Student Killed In Jerusalem Stabbing Attack Mourned". JTA. The Jewish Week. 16 April 2017. http://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/british-student-killed-in-jerusalem-stabbing-attack-mourned/. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Hasson, Nir; Khoury, Jack (14 April 2017). "British Student Killed in Jerusalem Stabbing Attack; Assailant Mentally Unstable". http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.783493. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  7. "Palestinian awaits mental evaluation after stabbing, killing British woman". Ma'an News Agency. 16 April 2017. http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=776453. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  8. Winer, Stuart (18 April 2017). "Palestinian who stabbed British woman to death ruled fit for trial". Times of Israel. http://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinian-who-stabbed-to-death-british-woman-ruled-fit-for-trial/. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  9. Marcus, Itamar (21 April 2017). "The Palestinians will pay blood money to Hannah Bladon’s killer.". Times of Israel. http://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/opinion-the-palestinians-will-pay-blood-money-to-hannah-bladons-killer-how-should-britain-respond/. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  10. Sandeman, George (15 April 2017). "2015 Abha mosque bombing". Times of London. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/family-devastated-by-student-stabbing-in-jerusalem-6xvcnlsl8. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  11. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.783493
  12. Gross, Judah Ari (14 April 2017). "British woman murdered in Jerusalem attack named as Hannah Bladon, 21". Times of Israel. http://www.timesofisrael.com/british-woman-murdered-in-jerusalem-attack-named-as-hannah-bladon-21/. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  13. Brown, Grame (14 April 2017). "Jerusalem student stabbing: Tributes after 'inquisitive and adventurous' Hannah Bladon is killed". Birmingham Mail. http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/jerusalem-student-stabbing-tributes-after-12896779. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  14. "UK student was standing near killer because she gave up her seat for woman with baby". Times of Israel. 15 April 2017. http://www.timesofisrael.com/uk-student-was-standing-near-killer-because-she-gave-up-her-seat-for-woman-with-baby/. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  15. Walker, Peter (15 April 2015). "Hannah Bladon's family describe her killing in Jerusalem as 'senseless". The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/15/jerusalem-stabbing-hannah-bladon-family-describe-her-killing-as-senseless-and-tragic. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  16. Layton, Josh (15 April 2017). "Tributes to University of Birmingham student Hannah Bladon stabbed to death in Jerusalem - "This is breaking my heart" says teacher". Birmingham Mail. http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/birmingham-hannah-bladon-jerusalem-facebook-12897773. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  17. Gordon, Robbie (21 April 2017). "Fund-raising page for murdered Derby County fan Hannah Bladon smashes target". Derby Telegraph. http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/hannah-bladon-murder-fundraising-page-for-derby-county-fan-smashes-3-500-mark/story-30284736-detail/story.html#C6i2YLsktRoQHgXr.99. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  18. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.783493
  19. Beaumont, Peter (2017-04-14). "Jerusalem stabbing: British student, 20, killed close to Old City" (in en-GB). The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/14/british-woman-stabbed-to-death-in-jerusalem-good-friday. 
  20. Redden, Elizabeth (17 April 2017). "Britsh Student Killed in Jerusalem Stabbing". Inside Higher Ed. https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2017/04/17/british-student-killed-jerusalem-stabbing. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  21. James, Aaron (17 April 2017). "Bishop's 'deep sadness' at Hannah Bladon's death". Premier Christian Radio. https://www.premierchristianradio.com/News/UK/Bishop-s-deep-sadness-at-Hannah-Bladon-s-death. Retrieved 19 April 2017.