Hussein Rawarda, the 16-year-old Palestinian youth who was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of stabbing to death 19-year-old IDF soldier Eden Atias, was remanded Thursday for an additional 15 days.
The military court at Kishon prison in northern Israel granted the security services’ request to hold the youth.
Also Thursday, dozens of right-wing activists gathered at the main entrance to Jerusalem to demonstrate against the stabbing.
Police officers detained two of the protesters, one for attempting to block highway traffic and the other for expressing racist sentiments, Walla reported.
On Wednesday night, thousands attended Atias’s funeral in Nazareth Ilit’s military cemetery, hours after the recently-drafted IDF soldier was stabbed multiple times in the neck while he slept on a bus that had stopped at the Afula central bus station en route from Nazareth Ilit to Tel Aviv.
The soldier was evacuated to the city’s Haemek Hospital. Doctors operated on him in an attempt to stabilize his condition, but he succumbed to his wounds a few hours later.
Atias enlisted two weeks ago and was only at the start of basic training. He was traveling to his base on Wednesday morning after a sick leave. He is survived by his parents and two brothers, aged 24 and 18. His mother, Ilia, was quoted by Walla as saying that he had insisted on volunteering for a combat unit.
The attacker, Rawarda, is a resident of Jenin who did not have a permit to work or reside in Israel, according to police. He was caught by other passengers in the immediate aftermath of the attack, and was arrested by police moments later.
Police Northern District Commander Roni Atti said “police had no specific alerts regarding the attack, though general warnings exist at all times. The terrorist boarded the bus and it is unclear whether he originally intended to commit the stabbing or if he was on his way to work. He eventually stabbed the soldier sitting beside him.”