The family of the British tourist who was murdered by an Arab terrorist in a knife attack in Israel have said they have been devastated by the loss of their ‘talented’ daughter.
Hannah Bladon, 20, was stabbed multiple times in the abdomen with a kitchen knife on the Jerusalem’s light rail close to the Old City.
Her family have described her as a caring woman who was an enthusiastic rugby player and serving member of her church.
In a statement, the Bladons said: ‘Hannah was the most caring, sensitive and compassionate daughter you could ever wish for. She was a talented student and was studying at Birmingham University for a degree in Religion, Theology and Archaeology.
‘At the time of her death she was part of a student exchange programme and was studying at the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She had been taking part in an archaeological dig that morning.
‘Hannah was a talented musician, part of a serving team at her local church and a member of her local archaeological group. She was an enthusiastic rugby player and a keen Derby County supporter.
‘She was driven and passionate and her death leaves so much promise unfulfilled.
‘Our family are devastated by this senseless and tragic attack.’
Police have arrested the Arab terrorist Jamil Tamimi, 57, from East Jerusalem, after onlookers wrestled him to the ground.
Medics performed CPR on the young woman at the scene before she was taken to hospital in critical condition, where she later died.
In a Facebook post earlier this year she wrote she was ‘OK’ after a wave of terror attacks in the country.
She said: ‘Thanks guys. I’m ok thanks! Security is really tight on campus so no worries at mo (sic)!
‘Managed to see a lot of sites before starting my classes today so defo (sic) having a great time! Xx’.
Mark Regev, Israel’s ambassador to the UK, said: ‘My thoughts are with the family and friends of UK student Hannah Bladon, who was murdered in a senseless act of terror in Jerusalem today.’
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem said: ‘The Hebrew University and the Rothberg International School express our deep sorrow over the murder of a British student, Hannah Bladon, in today’s attack.
‘We extend our deepest condolences to her family and we share in their sorrow.
‘The university condemns such acts of terror that harm innocent people, and especially a student who came to Jerusalem to study and widen her academic horizons.
‘The university administration and staff will provide all necessary support to students, faculty members and their families in Israel and around the world.
The attack comes during the holiday of Passover, a period during which security forces have ramped up their level of caution and alertness in anticipation of renewed efforts by terrorists to rock the recent period of comparative stability.
Last month, the head of the Shin Bet warned during a Foreign Affairs and Security Committee meeting that “We are now approaching the festival of Passover. There is no doubt that the terror infrastructure, especially Hamas, will try to incite and carry out attacks.”
In an effort to prevent the infiltration of any terrorists seeking to strike during the 7-day Passover holiday, a general closure was imposed on Monday at midnight in Judea and Samaria and is set to continue until midnight this Monday at the conclusion of the festival.