The father of a teenage girl arrested over a suspected terror stabbing in Haifa is a former Palestinian informant for the Shin Bet security agency and Israel Defense Forces, according to a report Saturday.
The 15-year-old is suspected of stabbing a 47-year-old man on Friday, wounding him. Police, who said the suspect is a Haifa resident, have described the stabbing as a likely nationalist-motivated attack.
The man, also a local, was released Saturday from the northern city’s Rambam Medical Center. The hospital said he suffered several surface wounds that did not require surgery.
According to the Ynet news site, the suspect’s father previously assisted the IDF and Shin Bet but moved with his family from a village near the West Bank city of Tularkem to Haifa after his identity was exposed several years ago.
He also reportedly has a son and is raising his children alone following the death of his wife.
Shortly after the stabbing, police said the father had informed law enforcement that his daughter told him she intended to carry out an attack.
The news site reported that the girl admitted to investigators that she wanted to stab Jews and quoted relatives saying she was incensed by images from clashes between Palestinians and police on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City that morning.
The report said the father was briefly detained after the stabbing but later released.
The suspected attack comes amid heightened tensions in Israel and the West Bank, following a string of deadly terror assaults in Israeli cities that left 14 dead, and clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinians.
At least 16 Palestinians have been killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers in the past two weeks alone, including a 17-year-old who died Friday morning of wounds sustained the day before.
The escalation has come amid the Muslim holy month of Ramadan — often a period of high tension in Israel and the West Bank.
The military has stepped up its West Bank activities in an attempt to crack down on the spiraling violence.