Palestinian who stabbed cops sought ‘martyr’s death’ — prosecution
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Palestinian who stabbed cops sought ‘martyr’s death’ — prosecution

Indictment states that Ayman Kurd, 20, wrote several wills before wounding 2 officers in Jerusalem last month

Dov Lieber is The Times of Israel's Arab affairs correspondent.

Ayman Kurd, 20, is escorted by Israeli prison officers at the District court in Jerusalem on October 20, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Ayman Kurd, 20, is escorted by Israeli prison officers at the District court in Jerusalem on October 20, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

A Palestinian who stabbed and wounded two police officers in Jerusalem last month wrote in a will made before the attack that he was seeking a “martyr’s death,” according to an indictment submitted Thursday at Jerusalem District Court.

Ayman Kurd, 20, from East Jerusalem, stabbed the two officers near the Herod’s Gate entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City on September 19, seriously wounding a 38-year-old policewoman and moderately injuring her 47-year-old male colleague.

The policeman managed to shoot and wound Kurd several times after he was stabbed.

The indictment states that prior to carrying out the attack, Kurd wrote several wills on his phone.

“My mother, my heart, please don’t cry and don’t be angry, pray for me to die as a martyr. I want you and [your sister] to hold a party for me,” the indictment quotes him as saying in one of the wills, Channel 2 reported. “Be assured that I didn’t do this because of anyone, but only because I wanted to.”

In another will, Kurd asks his mother and aunt to forgive him for the attacks, “and bury me in the martyrs’ cemetery near my brother Ramzi.”

According to the indictment, the 20-year-old arrived at the Damascus Gate at 7:15 a.m. on September 19 and positioned himself on a bench there, listening to verses from the Quran and searching for a likely target. At this point, he also wrote a farewell message to his father via Facebook.

Kurd allegedly began his attack by stabbing one officer in the upper back and neck, and then moved to the other, whom he knocked to the ground and stabbed repeatedly in the neck.

Kurd was indicted on two counts of attempted murder. The court was asked to remand him in custody until the end of proceedings against him.

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