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Palestinian gets 21 years in jail for stabbing man in Rosh Ha’ayin terror attack

In plea deal, Walid Mansour admits that he stabbed Refael Levi at construction site in August 2020; will also pay fine

Walid Mansour, center, handcuffed, reenacts his alleged stabbing of an Israeli man at a building site in Rosh Ha'ayin. (Channel 12 news)
Walid Mansour, center, handcuffed, reenacts his alleged stabbing of an Israeli man at a building site in Rosh Ha'ayin. (Channel 12 news)

A Palestinian man was sentenced on Thursday to 21 years in prison for stabbing a man in a terror attack in the central city of Rosh Ha’ayin last year.

Walid Mansour, from the town of Jenin in the West Bank, repeatedly stabbed Refael Levi, causing him seriously injuries, at a construction site in August 2020.

Mansour was convicted in Lod District Court in a plea deal after admitting guilt to charges of attempted murder and grievous bodily harm as an act of terrorism. In addition to the jail term, he was ordered by the court to pay a fine of NIS 200,000 (approximately $64,000).

The attack was initially investigated as a brawl, but after Levi awoke from a coma he gave investigators information that led them to change course and probe it as a terror attack.

According to the indictment, Mansour slipped through a hole in the West Bank security fence, armed with a knife. He encountered Levi at the building site, where the latter had an apartment under construction.

The suspect is said to have lied to Levi, saying that he had keys to check on the apartments in the building, and the two went inside, ostensibly to review Levi’s property. Inside the building Mansour stabbed Levi some 20 times, leaving him in critical condition.

Taking his victim’s cellphone and car keys, he fled the scene and headed back to his hometown of Jenin.

In Jenin, Mansour hid out for several days in an apartment with the help of a friend. He is said to have cut his hair and beard and instructed those around him to call him by an alias.

Israeli security forces eventually arrested Mansour in a raid, along with three other people who were believed to have assisted him.

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