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Palestinian charged with terror for paving stone attack that seriously injured man

Ahmad Rashdan hit Yitzhak Dahan over the head on footbridge near Bnei Brak; prosecutors say assault was premeditated, motive was nationalist

Ahmad Rashdan is brought for a court hearing in Tel Aviv District Court on July 31, 2022.  (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Ahmad Rashdan is brought for a court hearing in Tel Aviv District Court on July 31, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Terror charges were filed Sunday against a Palestinian accused of bashing a Bnei Brak man over the head with a piece of paving stone and seriously injuring him earlier this month.

Prosecutors said the terror attack was aimed at sowing panic among the Israeli public.

Ahmad Rashdan, 33, a resident of the West Bank town of Einabus, near Nablus, was indicted at the Tel Aviv District Court for attempted murder and aggravated assault as acts of terrorism, as well as obstruction of justice.

According to the indictment, Rashdan “tried to murder a person of Jewish origin” with a paving stone for “a nationalist-ideological motive and with the aim of raising fear or panic among the public.”

Prosecutors say the attack was premeditated and that Rashdan had visited the footbridge between the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak and neighboring Givat Shmuel two days earlier to plan how to carry it out.

Then, on July 5, he arrived at the bridge and put a piece of paving stone he found into his bag.

The scene where a man was attacked on a footbridge near Bnei Brak, July 5, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Rashdan noticed Yitzhak Dahan, 47, as he was heading to morning prayers. The two walked past each other, at which point Rashdan pulled out the paving stone and used it to hit Dahan on the head. Dahan fell to the floor bleeding and Rashdan ran off, prosecutors said.

According to the indictment, before leaving home on the morning of the attack, Rashdan left a letter to his family in which he wrote he must “live or die due to hatred of the Jews” and that he was “answering the call of jihad.”

Dahan suffered a fractured skull, a brain hemorrhage and hearing loss.

Yitzhak Dahan, 47, who was hurt in a suspected terror attack between Bnei Brak and Gviat Shmuel, speaks to Channel 12 news on July 6, 2022, a day after the attack. (Screenshot: Channel 12 news)

Police identified Rashdan shortly after the attack and arrested him. He reportedly had a work permit enabling him to enter Israel.

The attack came following a string of deadly incidents between mid-March and the beginning of May that left 19 people dead.

The most deadly attack — in which five people were killed — occurred in Bnei Brak, an ultra-Orthodox suburb of Tel Aviv.

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