Nadheer Dar Ahmad convicted of May 2022 stabbing at Damascus Gate in Old City of Jerusalem
The Jeruslaem District Court on Thursday sentenced a Palestinian terrorist to 20 years in prison for a May 2022 attack outside the Old City of Jerusalem during which he stabbed a Border Police officer in the neck.
Nadheer Dar Ahmad was convicted of a terrorist act, attempted murder, possession of a knife, aggravated assault and entering Israel without a permit. He was also ordered to pay compensation to the officer he stabbed.
Dar Ahmad is from the West Bank town of Abwein, north of Ramallah.
According to court papers, Dar Ahmad entered Israeli territory without a permit, and went to the Damascus Gate of the Old City where he sat on some steps for 30 minutes. Israel Police officers on duty at the site became suspicious of him but when they approached he began to move away, climbing the steps that lead away from the gate in the direction of Sultan Suleiman Street.
Officers halted Dar Ahmad and asked to see his identification papers.
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Ahmad was evasive, telling the officers he did not have papers with him. The cops told him to enter a Border Police security booth in the area so they could carry out a more thorough examination. As the group entered the booth Dar Ahmad pulled out a knife and tried to stab one of the officers, who pushed him away. Another officer approached Dar Ahmad and the two began to wrestle, with Dar Ahmad repeatedly trying to stab the officer, until he eventually wounded him in the neck. Other officers then managed to shoot Dar Aham, disabling him, though he continued to try to harm the stabbed officer until he was eventually subdued.
First sergeant M at the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem after being stabbed by a Palestinian assailant at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate, May 9, 2022. (Israel Police)
The stabbed officer was rushed to the hospital where he was given life-saving medical treatment.
According to police at the time, Dar Ahmad had two knives in his possession.
Initially Dar Ahmad claimed he was only protecting himself from an assault by the officers but the prosecution was able to provide evidence that he had planned an attack. Dar Ahmad eventually confessed he had arrived at the location with the intention of stabbing a police officer.
There have been numerous knife and gun attacks by Palestinians at the heavily policed Damascus Gate over the years, some of them deadly.
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