The terrorist stabbing incident in a national park that left Kay Wilson of Givat Ze’ev badly wounded and took the life of her American friend Kristine Luken (see below) has the entire country up in arms.
Understandably. Meanwhile, deaths by stabbing have become a weekly if not more frequent event in our little corner of the world.
When will the citizens of this country be just as outraged and prepared to step forward to stop criminals from killing and maiming as they are to stop terrorists?
Meanwhile a national prosecutor strike is throwing a wrench into our already overworked and under-achieving criminal justice system. Even accused terrorists, murderers and pedophile Oren Korido have been released to house arrest because prosecutors are refusing to try cases until their strike is settled.
Don’t we have enough challenges to deal with already? Let’s hope the prosecutors and their bosses will hurry up and come to terms— before anyone falls victim to the criminals flowing out the justice system’s revolving door.
Police: Stabbing was probably a terror attack
By MELANIE LIDMAN
“We are still looking at all directions, continuing the investigation,” says police spokesman, after US woman found dead near J’lem.
Saturday’s stabbing and murder of two young women in a forest near Beit Shemesh were probably a terrorist attack, police said on Sunday.
The police investigation is still under way into the attack that wounded Givat Ze’ev resident Kay Wilson, an olah from Great Britain, and killed her American friend Kristine Luken, as they were hiking in the wooded hills west of the capital.
“We are still looking at all directions, still continuing the investigation, and questioning people who may have seen them,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday. “The main direction is that this was a nationalistic attack, though we haven’t ruled out the possibilities of a criminal incident.
“There have been no claims [of responsibility] by [terrorist] organizations,” Rosenfeld noted, however.
The body of Luken, a US citizen living in England who was visiting Israel, was found south of Mata, approximately 400 meters from the road between Mata and Beit Shemesh, police said. Her body was discovered around 6:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Wilson, a tour guide who worked part-time for Shoresh Tours, a Christian tour company, was stabbed and seriously wounded and handcuffed, but managed to drag herself to the road. There she saw two families, who called the police.
After she gave a brief account of the incident, Magen David Adom evacuated her to Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem.
On Sunday, police investigators interviewed Wilson in her hospital bed for several hours.
Her condition was improving and she was expected to leave the hospital in two to three days, a Hadassah spokesman said.
“[Wilson] had her hands bound, and she was stabbed pretty bad in the upper part of her body,” Rosenfeld said. “The obvious intention was to have her killed. This was not something where they were just trying to take her purse. It was a serious crime scene. We’re talking about two women walking around the Jerusalem Forest, we’re not even talking about Judea and Samaria.”
Wilson described her ordeal, telling reporters that her attacker removed her Star of David necklace and then stabbed her in the chest.
Wilson and Luken had been hiking in the woods when two Arab men asked Wilson for water in Hebrew, she said. After they disappeared from view, Wilson became uneasy about their intentions, and told Luken they should return to Mata.
As they walked toward the village, the attackers pounced on the women, stabbing both repeatedly.
Wilson said her attacker had used a knife with a huge blade, adding that it looked like a bread knife. Wilson managed to produce a small blade of her own that she carried for selfdefense, and stabbed her attacker once, she said.
But after being stabbed again and again, Wilson fell to the ground and played dead, waiting for the men to leave. She provided harrowing descriptions of hearing her friend struggle for breath before dying on the ground beside her.
After a few minutes, Wilson found that she was able to stand up, and walked toward Mata. She saw a passing car but was unable to shout due to as she was having difficulty breathing.
She then found the two families sitting in a park, and turned around to show them that her hands had been bound. The family alerted police.
Several hundred people searched for Luken overnight Saturday, including units with rescue dogs, combat soldiers, police helicopters, mounted police, and several hundred other police officers.
After Luken’s body was found, police remained at the scene for three hours, combing the area for information.
The security level had not been raised in the Jerusalem area as of Sunday, though police were coordinating with security in the villages around Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh to be extra vigilant.
Rosenfeld said the police were waiting for “concrete answers” before updating security procedures.
Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.
Man aged 20 stabbed to death in TA brawl
By YAAKOV KATZ
4 arrested on suspicion of involvement in argument which lead to attack; Lawrence Amsis found laying on sidewalk bleeding profusely.
Four youths were arrested over the weekend on suspicion of being linked to the fatal stabbing of 20-year-old Lawrence Amsis early on Friday morning outside the Terminal nightclub in Tel Aviv.
Police say Amsis was set upon by a group of suspects on Rehov Hatzfira near the club following a verbal altercation in the nightclub, situated in Tel Aviv’s Yad Harutzim area, the scene of lethal violence in the past.
During the fight, one of the suspects produced a knife and stabbed Amsis, police said. He was rushed to the Ichilov Medical Center in Tel Aviv, but died of his injuries within a few hours on Friday morning.
Soon after his death, police arrested two suspects aged 20 from Tel Aviv and Rishon Lezion on suspicion of being linked to the incident.
On Friday morning the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s court extended the suspects’ custody by three days.
The suspects hid their faces beneath their clothes during their arraignment to avoid photographers.
Two additional suspects, aged 18 and 22, both from Holon, were arrested on Saturday evening in connection with the stabbing.
“The background to the mass brawl that broke out in the club, and continued outside it, is still unclear,” Tel Aviv police said in a statement.
Police have shut down the Terminal nightclub for 30 days.
Relatives of Amsis said he worked in plumbing and had been saving money for higher education.
Friends at the Christian Scout youth movement where he was active have expressed shock at his violent death.
The homicide investigation is being led by detectives from the Yiftah police station.
15-year-old dies after stabbing in Beersheba
By JPOST.COM STAFF and YAAKOV LAPPIN
Police believe stabbing outside absorbtion center followed argument with youths; MDA crews arrive after youth found by passer-by.
A 15-year-old teenage boy died of stab wounds in Beersheva on Friday night after being involved in a fight with other youths near an absorption center, police said.
The youth, a resident of Kiryat Arba, was found in a mortally wounded state by a passer-by and was rushed by paramedics to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva, but died of his injuries soon after arrival.
Police launched an investigation, and arrested four suspects on Saturday – three minors and an adult – on suspicion of being involved in fight which led to the youth’s death.
The suspects have denied any involvement. They were questioned at Beersheva police station.
Police suspect a fight broke out between two groups of youths during which the teenager was repeatedly stabbed.
The investigation continues.