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18-Year-Old Female Terrorist Charged With Attempted Murder; Indictment Includes Details of Near-Deadly Attack

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Shorouq Dwayyat at the Jerusalem District Court. Photo: Twitter.

Shorouq Dwayyat at the Jerusalem District Court. Photo: Twitter.

A Palestinian girl was indicted on Thursday morning for the attempted murder of a Jewish man in Jerusalem earlier this month, the Israeli news website nrg reported.

Eighteen-year-old Shorouq Dwayyat, a resident of east Jerusalem’s Tsur Baher neighborhood and a student at the University of Bethlehem, was charged with inflicting multiple stab wounds on 36-year-old Daniel Rosenfeld near the Lions’ Gate of the Old City.

During the attack, Rosenfeld managed to reach for his gun and shoot Dwayyat, and both were treated on the scene by paramedics, before being evacuated to the Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem.

A detailed account of the attack in the indictment, summarized by nrg, reveals that Dwayyat left her house in the morning of October 7 with a 12-inch kitchen knife and screwdriver in her purse – and murder on her mind.

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When she arrived in the Old City, she saw two Jewish men walking ahead of her down the street. Deciding to kill one of them, she pulled the knife out of her bag and lunged, stabbing Rosenfeld in his shoulder. This caused him to bend forward, at which point, according to the indictment, she stabbed him in the head.

The man accompanying Rosenfeld, Zvi Greenspan, then began hitting her with his bag, and she fell. Still holding the knife, she tried to get up, but Rosenfeld managed to get out his gun and shoot her a number of times. Still conscious and attempting to grab the knife that had dropped in the scuffle, Greenspan continued hitting her until police arrived.

At the time, Magen David Adom reported that paramedics treated both victim and attacker at the scene, and that Rosenfeld’s condition was moderate, while Dwayyat’s was critical.

Following the attack, it was discovered that Dwayyat had posted her intention to become a “shahid” (martyr) on her Facebook page.

One post read: “I swear to Allah that I will be the guardian of Palestine and the blood of the martyrs as long as blood flows through my veins. We will all die; congratulations to he who dies a martyr.”

Another post — “Mother, I am going to become a Shahid, … our highest hopes are to be martyrs for Allah” – would come to have ironic significance. In an interview on Israel’s Channel 2 in the immediate aftermath of the attack, Dwayyat’s mother insisted that her daughter had not committed an act of terrorism, but one of self-defense, claiming the man had tried to pull off her headscarf as she made her way to prayers at the al-Aqsa Mosque, before heading to classes at the university.

Other members of the Dwayyat family, too, were caught on camera by Israeli news crews, but not in studio. Rather, they got into a brawl with police at the hospital, where they were forbidden from visiting her during the hours after she arrived.

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