Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday vowed the Palestinian who seriously injured a high school student in a stabbing terror attack would be brought to justice.
The Shin Bet security service earlier declared the stabbing of 18-year-old Israeli Shuva Malka in the northern city of Afula on Monday to be a terror attack.
“The Jewish people pray for the recovery of Shuva (daughter of Michal) Malka who was seriously injured yesterday in an attack in Afula,” tweeted Netanyahu, including the name of Malka’s mother in keeping with the Jewish custom when praying for good health. “We will bring the despicable terrorist to justice.”
On Monday, Malka was stabbed on the street in Afula shortly before noon. Her attacker fled the scene but was later shot and detained by security services.
The terrorist was later identified as Nour al-Din Shinawi, a Palestinian man in his 20s from the West Bank city of Jenin, who had entered Israel without a permit, police said.
Malka, who was seriously wounded, was rushed to Afula’s HaEmek Medical Center. As of Tuesday, she remained in serious condition and was being treated in the hospital’s intensive care unit after undergoing emergency surgery.
Shinawi did not have a record of being involved in terrorist activities, the Shin Bet said. The security service said investigators were still working to determine a specific motive.
The suspected terrorist was brought before a judge in the Nazareth Magistrate Court on Tuesday in order to keep him in custody, police said in a statement.
A judge accepted the police request and ordered Shinawi to remain in police custody until at least June 18.
He did not attend the hearing as he was in the hospital. Officers shot him in the leg during his arrest after he ignored calls to stop running, police said.
Malka, from the northern city of Migdal Ha’emek, was on her way to a matriculation examination in civics, when the stabber approached, her mother told Hadashot news on Monday.
Michal Malka said her family now expected an “unequivocal” response from the government to ensure that children could walk the streets safely.
Calling her daughter’s survival “a miracle,” she called on the public to pray for her full recovery.