Shimon HaTzadik terrorist to be convicted of attempted murder
Updated: Apr 25
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Thursday, April 20, 2023, 10:34 The Jerusalem District Court ruled that a 14-year-old terrorist is guilty of attempted murder for an attack that she carried out in the Shimon HaTzadik neighborhood of Jerusalem in December 2021. The assailant followed a Jewish resident of the neighborhood, Moria Cohen, who was walking on the street with her children and stabbed her in the back. The terrorist then fled the scene immediately and hid in a nearby school until security forces raided the building and apprehended her a short time later.
Due to the young age of the terrorist, her guilt was determined at the verdict stage, and she will be convicted and sentenced after the expert opinion by the Probation Service is submitted. The court decision comes only two days after another adolescent terrorist carried out a shooting attack very close to the site of the stabbing attack on Cohen.
Cohen was pleased with the ruling and said, “I welcome the court’s decision. The unrestrained incitement that motivated the adolescent terrorist to attempt to murder me in front of my children must be stopped. Only this week we saw another 15-year-old terrorist carry out a shooting attack here in the neighborhood. I hope that the court will sentence the terrorist [who attacked me] to many years' imprisonment and also order the expulsion of her family. The attempt by the terrorist who lives in my neighborhood to murder me and drive me out of here will not succeed. We will remain here forever.”
Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher, who is representing Moria Cohen reacted to the court's decision saying “Murderous Islamic terrorists do not refrain from any means to murder Jews. The terror organizations incite and entice even youths to take up weapons and attempt to massacre Jews, even if the victims are a mother and her young children. We welcome the court’s decision to convict the terrorist of attempted murder. The intent of a terrorist who carries out a stabbing attack is obvious to anyone with any sense. We expect the court to hand down a substantial sentence that will deter terrorists of all types and of all ages.”