Israeli police arrest 8 for not preventing fatal stabbing in Jerusalem

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Police at the scene of the stabbing in Jerusalem. (photo: Olivier Fitoussi / Haaretz)

Residents and market vendors between ages 15–67, had been brought in for questioning, and were arrested on a charge of failing to prevent a crime.

By Nir Hasson | Haaretz | Mar 20, 2018


“The Israel Police will complete the investigation and bring to justice those who could have prevented or limited the attack, which may well have saved the life of the victim.”
— Israel Police statement


The police arrested eight residents of Jerusalem’s Old City suspected of failing to intervene in Sunday’s fatal stabbing attack near the entrance to Temple Mount, the city’s police spokesman said Tuesday.

Those arrested, residents and market vendors between ages 15–67, were brought in for questioning to the police station on a charge of failing to prevent a crime, which is considered a misdemeanor in Israel.

The police investigation into the stabbing has concluded definitively that the attack was an act of terror. The victim of the attack was identified early Sunday as Adiel Coleman, a married father of four children from the West Bank settlement of Kochav Hashachar. The assailant, 28-year-old Abed al-Rahman Bani Fadel, from the West Bank village of Aqraba, was shot and killed at the scene.

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