Bedouin Israeli indicted for aiding Kiryat Gat terrorist
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Bedouin Israeli indicted for aiding Kiryat Gat terrorist

Court charges Zuhair al-Huzayal with unknowingly transporting Palestinian assailant to town where he stabbed 4 people

Security personnel seen outside an apartment building in the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Gat into which a Palestinian man who stabbed an IDF soldier and grabbed his gun escaped, in an attack carried out on October 7, 2015. (FLASH90)
Security personnel seen outside an apartment building in the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Gat into which a Palestinian man who stabbed an IDF soldier and grabbed his gun escaped, in an attack carried out on October 7, 2015. (FLASH90)

The Beersheba Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday indicted a Bedouin Israeli man for aiding a Palestinian terrorist who carried out a stabbing attack in southern city of Kiryat Gat last month.

Zuhair al-Huzayal, 37, of Rahat was charged with aiding a foreign citizen without a permit because he drove Mohammed Shaker al-Tarada and four Palestinians to a construction site in the southern city.

According to the indictment, Huzayal regularly transported Palestinian laborers looking for work from various checkpoints in the West Bank to Israel for a NIS 100 ($26) fee, and did not know Shaker was planning an attack.

The court also charged him with number of crimes related to illegally transporting passengers in exchange for a fee.

Four people were wounded in the November 21 stabbing attack in Kiryat Gat, including a 13-year-old girl. The terrorist, identified by police as 18-year-old Tarada, was caught by police after a five-hour manhunt.

According to the Shin Bet security service, Tarada is from a Palestinian village west of Hebron. He had no arrest history and was not known to Israeli security officials, authorities said.

Tarada was working in Israel illegally when he carried out the attack. Police said he was caught hiding in the yard outside a private residence in the city with the weapon still in his possession.

Huzayal is the second Bedouin Israeli to have been implicated in a terror attack.

On October 18, Bedouin Israeli Muhanad Alukabi carried out a terror attack in the Beersheba central bus station. IDF soldier Omri Levi, aged 19, and Eritrean asylum seeker Haftom Zarhom, were killed in the attack. Zarhom died from bullet wounds sustained after he was severely beaten and shot by an angry mob who mistook him for the attacker.

Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

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