Jerusalem stabbing attack victim identified as Adiel Kolman

Funeral for 32-year-old father of four to be held Monday morning in the West Bank settlement of Kochav Hashachar where he lived

Adiel Kolman, who was killed in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem's Old City on March 19 2018 (Courtesy)
Adiel Kolman, who was killed in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem's Old City on March 19 2018 (Courtesy)

The Israeli man stabbed to death in a terror attack in Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday was identified as 32-year-old Adiel Kolman.

Kolman, a father of four, was from the central West Bank settlement of Kochav Hashachar. His funeral will be held there on Monday at 11:00 a.m.

Kolman, who was critically injured in the afternoon terror attack, died of his wounds in the hospital hours later.

Innitial reports identified Kolman as a security guard in the Old City. However, friends later said he had worked in the archaeological digs at the City of David for the last five years.

The assailant, 28-year-old Abd al-Rahman Bani Fadel, was shot dead at the scene by an Israel Police officer, authorities said.

The assailant was said to have spoken to a number of vendors in the Old City’s Muslim Quarter before carrying out the attack.

Shortly before 5 p.m., Fadel walked up to Kolman on Hagai Street and stabbed him repeatedly in the upper body, critically wounding him.

The terrorist then fled the scene, but was spotted by nearby police officers, who opened fire, fatally wounding him.

Medics rushed into the stone alleyways of the Old City in order to reach Kolman. Due to the narrowness of the passageways, the victim was taken out of the area on a buggy, the Magen David Adom ambulance service said. He was treated at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center, but succumbed to his wounds several hours later.

Hours after the attack, the Shin Bet security service revealed that Fadel had entered Israel with a five-day permit that allowed him into the city to look for work.

The Palestinian father of two from Aqraba, near the West Bank city of Nablus did not have known ties to any Palestinian terrorist organization — if he had, he would not have received the work permit — but, in light of the attack, the Shin Bet said it was re-investigating the issue.

The security service also dispelled earlier rumors that the attacker was a Turkish national.

Once common in the Old City, stabbing attacks have waned in recent months. However, tensions have been on the rise around Jerusalem since US President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israel’s capital in December. This month, he also announced that the US Embassy would be moving from its current location in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 14.

On Friday, two Israeli soldiers were killed and two others were injured when a Palestinian man rammed his car into them as they were standing outside a military observation post along a highway near the Mevo Dotan settlement in the northern West Bank.

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