Building site shuttered for illegally hiring Palestinian who stabbed soldier

19-year-old West Bank resident had no work permit, police say; site owner brought in for questioning

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.

Illustration: A housing construction site. (Hadas Parush/Flash 90)
Illustration: A housing construction site. (Hadas Parush/Flash 90)

Israel Police shut down a construction site in the Tel Aviv suburb of Givatayim Thursday for illegally employing a 19-year-old Palestinian who stabbed an IDF soldier earlier this week.

The Israeli employer hired the Palestinian man despite the fact that he did not have a legal permit to enter and work in Israel. The site’s owner may also have provided housing for the worker, a police spokesperson said.

Construction at the site will be frozen for 15 days, police said.

The site’s owner was brought in for questioning this week, but has not been charged with a crime at this point, a police official told The Times of Israel.

“The police call on the public to abide by the law and not employ, house or transport people who do not have legal permits,” a police statement said.

On Monday evening, the Palestinian teenager stabbed an off-duty IDF soldier with a screwdriver on Yigal Allon Street near the Hashalom Interchange in central Tel Aviv.

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The suspect was arrested near the scene of the attack, after he fled and tried to hide in a residential building. Police said the stabber likely had nationalistic motives and they were therefore treating the incident as terrorism.

Eyewitnesses said the teen shouted “Allahu akbar” — the Arabic for “God is great” — during the incident, Channel 2 news reported.

Medical personnel at the scene administered first aid to the 19-year-old soldier for injuries to his upper body before taking him to Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital. He was released from the hospital a short while later.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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