Father of four murdered in Ariel terror attack

Father of four murdered in Ariel terror attack

Feb 06, 2018
Rabbi Ben Gal, 29, is stabbed and later succumbs to wounds suffered in stabbing attack near entrance to West Bank city

Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal, 29, was murdered in a stabbing attack Monday afternoon near the entrance to the settlement of Ariel in the Samaria region of the West Bank. Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedics, assisted by an IDF medical force, first treated the the victim, who suffered wounds to his upper body, and performed resuscitation on him. He was then taken to the Beilinson Hospital at the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva, where he was pronounced dead.

Ben Gal, from the Har Brakha settlement in the Samaria region, was an educator at a Bnei Akiva Yeshiva in Giv'at Shmuel. His funeral will take place Tuesday at 10am in his settlement.


He is survived by his wife, Miriam, and four children.

The terrorist, investigators found, is 19-year old Israeli-Arab resident of Jaffa Abed al-Karim Adel Assi, a son of an Israeli mother and Palestinian father from Nablus. 


He arrived at the Ariel Junction bus stop Monday afternoon and, with no apparent hesitation, stabbed Ben Gal from behind.

After he was stabbed, Ben Gal ran to a bus that stopped at a station nearby while al-Karim gave chase. Reaching the bus, the rabbi knocked on its door for help before immediately collapsing.


The terrorist then fled the scene. An off duty IDF officer who witnessed the attack then chased the assailant in his car and rammed him. 

Despite being hit, al-Karim was able to escape with the help of an unidentified driver who picked him up near the scene of the incident.


IDF forces are currently spreading out in the area in an effort to locate him.

The terrorist's backpack was found on the scene containing a change of clothes and his Israeli ID card. The bag also contained a comb, hair gel, a lighter and a charger.


Gaza terrorist group Hamas welcomed the attack. "The stabbing attack is proof that the Al-Quds intifada continues," a message from the group said.

Large numbers of IDF troops entered the village of Kifl Haris in their search of the terrorist, the Palestinians reported.


The attack took place at the Ariel Junction's bus stop, a place usually under the protection of IDF soldiers.

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