Palestinian indicted for killing Israeli in car-ramming
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Palestinian indicted for killing Israeli in car-ramming

Khaled Koutineh charged in death of Shalom Sherki, 26, attempted murder of Shira Klein, 20, in Jerusalem

Police escort Khaled Koutineh, who rammed his car into Israeli pedestrians, to a hearing at the Magistrate's Court in Jerusalem. April 16, 2015. (photo credit: Miriam Alster/FLASH90)
Police escort Khaled Koutineh, who rammed his car into Israeli pedestrians, to a hearing at the Magistrate's Court in Jerusalem. April 16, 2015. (photo credit: Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

The Jerusalem District Attorney on Monday charged a Palestinian with deliberately running down two Israeli pedestrians this month in an alleged terror attack, killing a man and seriously injuring a woman, the Justice Ministry said.

It said in a statement that 37-year-old Khaled Koutineh, a resident of the West Bank village of Anata just outside East Jerusalem, was charged with murdering 26-year-old Shalom Yohai Sherki and the attempted murder of 20-year-old Shira Klein.

He is accused of driving into the couple “with great force” as they stood at an East Jerusalem bus stop on April 15.

National police chief Yohanan Danino at the time called it a “horrible attack.”

Shalom Sherki, 25, who was killed in a car-ramming attack in Jerusalem's French Hill neighborhood (screen capture)
Shalom Sherki, 25, who was killed in a car-ramming attack in Jerusalem’s French Hill neighborhood (screen capture)

According to the charge sheet, Koutineh had become enraged at delays caused by Israeli checkpoints as he drove his parents from Anata to the family home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

After dropping them off, it said, “the accused began to think of carrying out a murderous, nationalistic revenge attack against Jews.”

“He decided to run down Jews to death with his vehicle,” it said.

Sherki died of his wounds several hours after the attack. Klein, who was seriously hurt, regained consciousness on Sunday and has been breathing on her own.

On Saturday, a man from East Jerusalem’s Shuafat Palestinian refugee camp allegedly deliberately rammed his car into three Israeli police officers on the Mount of Olives. The suspect was arrested the following day.

The aftermath of an alleged car-ramming attack that killed Shalom Sherki and injured Shira Klein at the French Hill junction in Jerusalem on April 15, 2015 (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
The aftermath of an alleged car-ramming attack that killed Shalom Sherki and injured Shira Klein at the French Hill junction in Jerusalem on April 15, 2015 (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

In March, five Israelis were injured when a Palestinian drove into a group of pedestrians before getting out of the car to try to stab people.

An Israeli border guard and 17-year-old yeshiva student were killed and several people were injured in November when a Palestinian drove his vehicle into people waiting at a stop on the city’s light railway system.

And in a similar attack, two people including three-month old Israeli-American baby Chaya Zissel Braun were killed in October.

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