Two weeks after a Palestinian deliberately ran down two Israeli pedestrians, killing a man and seriously injuring a woman, Israel Police and the family of the victim allowed footage of the terror attack to be released Wednesday.
In the security camera footage, Khaled Koutineh is seen sharply deviating from his lane and ramming into the bus stop where 26-year-old Shalom Yohai Sherki and his 20-year-old girlfriend Shira Klein were standing on April 15.
Koutineh, a 37-year-old resident of the West Bank village of Anata just outside East Jerusalem, was charged on Monday with murdering Sherki and the attempted murder of Klein.
According to the Jerusalem District Attorney 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 since.
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.
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.