A 21-year-old Palestinian man has been indicted at the Tel Aviv District Court for the attempted terrorist murder of a soup kitchen volunteer during a wave of lone-wolf attacks that began in March.
The indictment charges that Hamam Suleiman, from the northern West Bank, befriended the 50-year-old Jewish volunteer and even stayed at the latter’s home, and planned to kill him for nationalistic and religious reasons.
While staying at the man’s home, Suleiman is accused of taking a sharp knife from the kitchen and stabbing his victim in the back in the bathroom.
The volunteer managed to push the attacker out and locked the door, calling for help while the knife was still in his back. After Suleiman fled, the victim was hospitalized and underwent surgery.
Suleiman is accused of attempted murder, an attempted terror act of causing bodily harm, and being in Israel illegally.
He has seven prior convictions for security-related offenses, fraud, violence and staying in Israel illegally. He has served five years in jail.