British tourist killed by Palestinian man in Jerusalem, police say

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 17, 2017

A British woman on holiday in Israel has been stabbed to death by a Palestinian man in Jerusalem, police say.

Ms Bladon was attacked by a Palestinian man who pulled a knife from his bag and repeatedly stabbed her as the tram neared Jerusalem's City Hall.

"Her family has been notified".

The Hebrew University in Jerusalem said the woman killed, Hannah Bladon, was studying at the school as part of a student exchange program with the University of Birmingham.

Bladon had studied archaeology and theology at the University of Birmingham before beginning a new semester in Israel at the end of January.

"She was an enthusiastic rugby player and a keen Derby County supporter".

'She was driven and passionate and her death leaves so much promise unfulfilled.

"I was travelling with my family when I heard the cries of "attack, attack", the officer said.

Local media reports suggested she had been stabbed multiple times and that two others were slightly injured in the attack - including a pregnant woman.

"I saw an older man sitting next to me and suddenly he took out a knife", the eyewitness recounted, referring to 57-year-old attacker Jamil Tamimi - an Arab resident of east Jerusalem's Ras al-Amud neighborhood, who was arrested at the scene without being injured.

The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, blamed "Islamic terrorism" for the killing.

She died of her wounds shortly after arriving to the hospital, a Hadassah spokesperson said.

Thousands of people filled parts of the ancient city: Jews to celebrate Passover, which ends Sunday, and Christian pilgrims for Good Friday.

Just this past January upon beginning her studies at the Hebrew University, Bladon penned a Facebook post in which she reassured her loved ones that she was faring well in Israel despite the tense security situation in the capital.

The Hebrew University spoke of its "deep sorrow" over Ms Bladon's murder, saying: "We extend our deepest condolences to her family". "And so we will continue to do", he said. "Terror will never destroy our lives here", Rivlin vowed.

"This is one of many instances where a Palestinian suffering personal strife ... chooses to carry out an attack in order to find release for his problems", the Shin Bet statement said.

The Foreign Office has said: We can confirm the tragic death of a British national in Jerusalem.

The attack is not thought to have been religiously motivated - Tamimi is said to have suffered mental health problems and holds a 2011 conviction for sexually assaulting his daughter.

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