Palestinian attacker, 13, released from hospital, arrested

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A 13-year-old Palestinian boy wounded after stabbing an Israeli boy, 13, was released from a Jerusalem hospital and then arrested by police.

Ahmed Mansra of eastern Jerusalem was seriously injured by a car as he attempted to flee from the scene of the stabbing of an Israeli 13-year-old who was riding his bicycle in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Zeev. Ahmed Mansra and his cousin, Hassan, 15, who was killed by security officials, are accused of perpetrating the attack and can be seen brandishing knives while chasing after the Israeli boy in a surveillance video. The Israeli boy is hospitalized in serious condition with multiple stab wounds.

On Sunday night, Ahmed was handed over to a detention facility after a court ruled that he remain in custody for eight days, according to Haaretz.

On Wednesday, in a televised speech from Ramallah, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of “executing” Ahmed.

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Abbas said that the Palestinians “will not agree to the continuation of the situation on our lands, nor to the policy of occupation and aggression of Israel and its settlers who are terrorizing our people, homes, trees, holy places and who execute our boys in cold blood, as they did with the boy Ahmed Mansra and other children in Jerusalem and other places.”

The next day, the Israeli government released a video of the teen eating in his hospital bed at Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem.

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