The Israeli killed in a stabbing attack at a West Bank gas station on Monday afternoon was named as Ziv Mizrahi, an 18-year-old IDF soldier from the settlement of Givat Ze’ev, north of Jerusalem.
Mizrahi sustained severe abdominal wounds when Ahmad Taha from the West Bank village of Qatanna stabbed him repeatedly at a gas station on Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Route 443.
A female IDF officer was also stabbed and wounded.
Magen David Adom paramedics attempted to revive Mizrahi, who was an IDF driver, but a spokesman said first responders were forced to declare him dead at the scene.
Mizrahi’s uncle, Alon Mizrahi, was murdered in a terrorist attack at Jerusalem’s Cafe Hillel in September, 2003.
He was the security guard at the cafe in the German Colony, and died trying to prevent the suicide bomber entering the premises.
The bomber detonated the explosives as they struggled.
Seven people were killed in the attack, including Dr. David Applebaum, head of the emergency room at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, and his daughter Nava, whose wedding was to have been held the next day.
The officer hurt in Monday’s attack, in her 20s, was lightly injured in the stabbing and evacuated to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.
The Palestinian assailant was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers in the area.
Another woman was lightly hurt when her car was hit by gunfire from security forces trying to thwart the attack.
Palestinians in the village of Qatanna were shown on Channel 2 later Monday dancing in celebration of the “success” of the attack. The report also showed Taha photographed visiting the grave of another terrorist from the village who was killed carrying out an attack on the same Route 443 in August.
Mizrahi will be laid to rest at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, at the military cemetery on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. He is the 22 Israeli casualty since the wave of Palestinian terror and violence broke out in October.
Earlier on Monday, two Palestinian girls stabbed a 70-year-old Palestinian man in central Jerusalem with a pair of scissors. They mistook him for a Jew.
Police identified the two attackers as cousins Hadil and Nurhan Awad, aged 14 and 16, from Qalandiya in northern Jerusalem.
The 16-year-old died at the scene and the 14-year-old was badly hurt and detained, a police spokesperson said.
A 27-year-old Israeli was lightly injured by police fire at the scene.
Hadil Awad was the sister of Mahmoud Awad, who died in November 2013 at the age of 24. He was shot in the back of his neck with a rubber bullet by an IDF soldier eight months earlier during a protest near the Qalandiya checkpoint.
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