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Revealed: Terror attack, not traffic accident

Updated: Jun 1, 2022

Injured student; Photo credit: Honenu
Injured student; Photo credit: Honenu

Sunday, January 5, 2020, 16:42 From the very first moment, Honenu, who is representing the victims, insisted that the March 2019 incident in which several pedestrians were injured near the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem was a ramming attack, not a traffic accident. As proof, Honenu transferred to the police evidence and testimonies from eye witnesses, including a conversation in real time which described the incident to the police emergency headquarters. The Merchav David (Old City) Police refused to accept the evidence, released the terrorists who had been detained and closed the case. Honenu corresponded extensively with the police and the Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan, warning that the incident was a terror attack and that the terrorists were walking freely. Approximately ten months after the incident, the GSS announced that they had determined what had happened, and the suspects were detained again. Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher: “We are pleased that in the end the terrorists were apprehended. Nonetheless, one must remember that the release of two terrorists immediately after the attack, despite our repeated requests, our presentation of eye witnesses and our transfer of unequivocal evidence to the police, was a huge failure. The police interrogated only one eye witness, halfheartedly, and did not attempt to uncover the entire truth. “Unfortunately, there are many cases in a similar situation. We call on the Defense Minister and the Public Security Minister to draw the correct conclusions and not to allow terrorists to go free, escaping penalization, and continuing to endanger the lives of Israeli citizens.”

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