Palestinian indicted for attempted murder of teen girl in Afula

Prosecutors say Nour al-Din Shinawi, accused of stabbing and critically wounding Shuva Malka, 18, committed an act of terror

Afula stabbing suspect Nour al-Din Shinawi (Courtesy)
Afula stabbing suspect Nour al-Din Shinawi (Courtesy)

State prosecutors on Thursday indicted a 20-year-old Palestinian man for the attempted murder of an Israeli teenager in Afula, saying the June 11 stabbing attack was an act of terrorism.

Eighteen-year-old Shuva Malka, from the northern city of Migdal Ha’emek, was on her way to a matriculation examination in civics when she was stabbed shortly before noon at a bus stop. She managed to reach a local coffee shop, where she collapsed and was rushed to a hospital in critical condition. She has since recovered.

The suspect, Nour al-Din Shinawi, was captured after a brief search and police chase.

Officials said Shinawi, from the West Bank city of Jenin, had entered Israel in March as part of a tour and then remained in the country illegally. He worked in construction in the northern town of Nazareth Illit and nearby communities, and at a certain point decided to carry out a stabbing attack against a religious Jew or soldier, for the purpose of which he obtained two knives, prosecutors said.

Shuva Malka, center, the 18-year-old who was stabbed and seriously wounded in a terror attack, seen at Haemek medical center in Afula June 17, 2018. (Meir Vaknin/Flash90)

Shinawi told investigators that Malka, dressed in religious garb, has looked like a “settler” to him and so he decided to attack her. He approached her from behind and stabbed her nine times in her upper body. Believing he had killed her, he then fled the scene.

Prosecutors further said that when Shinawi realized he was being chased by police, he planned to stab and kill an officer with his knife. However, when he turned toward police with the knife in his hand, he was shot in the leg and arrested.

Police said Shinawi told them he had felt hatred toward Jews after two of his friends were killed at a checkpoint outside Nablus while trying to stab soldiers in 2015.

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