A Palestinian man who stabbed to death IDF soldier Almog Shiloni at a train station earlier this month was indicted for premeditated murder, at the Tel Aviv District Court on Monday.
Prosecutor asked that Nur al-Din Abu Hashiyeh, 18, remain in custody until his trial.
According to the indictment Hashiyeh, from the West Bank city of Nablus, entered Israel from the West Bank without a permit, with the intention of stabbing a soldier so that he could be “become a martyr.”
Shiloni, 20, was critically wounded after being stabbed multiple times by Hashiyeh at Tel Aviv’s Hahagana train station on November 10. As Shiloni fell to the ground Hashiyeh tried to steal his rifle, but he was warded off by a passerby, Gilad Goldman, 59, who came to the injured soldier’s assistance and attacked the stabber with his bare hands. Hashiyeh fled the scene but was arrested by police after he tried to hide in a nearby building.
Shiloni died of his wounds later that evening despite hours of effort by doctors to save his life.
His death marked the second Israeli fatality in two separate incidents that day. Hours after the Tel Aviv attack, 26-year-old woman Dalia Lemkus was stabbed to death at a bus stop outside the West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut, south of Jerusalem.