11-year-old: ‘I bought scissors and looked for Jews to stab’
Two Arab terrorist cousins, aged 11 and 14, repeatedly stabbed a security guard lightly to moderately wounding him on the Jerusalem light rail two weeks ago.
On Wednesday segments of their investigation were published for the first time by Channel 2.
The 11-year-old terrorist, Ali Alkam, is the youngest terrorist in the current terror wave – the sixth grader would-be murderer is to go free after receiving medical treatment, and be sent to a special school instead or prison due to his age. His older cousin Muawiyyeh Alkam is in seventh grade; the two hail from the eastern Shuafat neighborhood.
“I met my cousin at the entrance to the school,” Ali said in investigation. “The (school) director refused to let us in because our parents didn’t pay tuition. My cousin then told me that on his way to the school he wanted to conduct a stabbing attack on the light rail he rode on, but he didn’t succeed in doing it because all the passengers were elderly people.”
The young terrorist said, “we rode from Shuafat to Damascus Gate in order to stab a soldier, but we didn’t do that because the soldiers were in groups and there was no lone soldier.”
“And then he (Muawiyyeh) said lets conduct an attack together as revenge for the death of Muhammed Ali,” he said, referencing their cousin who stabbed three people at Damascus Gate on October 12 before being shot to death by security forces. The two repeatedly claimed in investigation that their attack was revenge for their terrorist cousin.
Ali said his cousin “opened his bag and showed me the knife. At Damascus Gate I bought scissors and then we got on the light rail and looked for Jews to stab.”
During the ride two security guards got on, but the two terrorists decided not to attack them “because they were two. Later one of them got off and immediately we attacked the one that remained.”
“I stabbed him in the head, my cousin stabbed him in the chest and the stomach until the security guard pushed me and shot three bullets in my stomach,” he recalled. Muawiyyeh was detained by the heroic guard and other passengers.
The 11-year-old then tried to change his tune in investigation, claiming, “I wanted to die as a martyr but now I understood that I made a mistake and I’m sorry for it. …I made a mistake. I want to be in school like any normal person. I don’t want to oppose the occupation any more.”
Because Ali is under the age of 14 he cannot be sentenced to jail time. His father told Walla last week that Jerusalem municipality welfare workers are working with him to send the young terrorist to a special school under their supervision.
Muawiyyeh was also quoted in the investigation as saying, “the Israelis are occupying us and I’m angry about what’s happening in Gaza, I wanted to take revenge against the Jews who are torturing us.”
When asked why he didn’t try to stab passengers but instead targeted a security guard, the 14-year-old said, “the Jews who were on the train were older people and women, and it’s an embarrassment to stab them.”