Sunday, 16 April 2017


Devout Christian Killed in Jerusalem by Terrorist After Good Deed

Jamil al-Tamimi, a 57-year old Arab resident of Jerusalem from the Ras al-Amud neighbourhood, began the attack around 12:45 Friday afternoon inside the train near the Jaffa Gate, stabbing HANNAH BLADON (pictured below) in the chest several times. An off-duty policeman pulled the emergency brake and subdued Tamimi. A pregnant woman in her early 30’s and a man in his 50’s were also injured in the attack.
The family of British student Hannah Bladon, who was stabbed to death in Jerusalem, have said they are "devastated" by the "senseless and tragic attack".
Hannah, who was just 20, was attacked on a tram in Jerusalem on Good Friday. She was studying at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem at the time of her death and had been taking part in an archaeological dig that morning. She was stabbed several times in the chest and died in hospital. She was attacked by a man who pulled a knife from his bag and repeatedly stabbed her on the train travelling near Old City, which was busy as Christians marked Good Friday and Jews celebrated Passover.

Hannah was from Burton-upon-Trent in Staffordshire, and had been taking classes in Bible studies, archaeology and Hebrew at the Rothberg International School, part of the Hebrew University, which expressed "deep sorrow" over her death. The family added: "Hannah was a talented musician, part of a serving team at her local church and a member of her local archaeological group. "She was driven and passionate and her death leaves so much promise unfulfilled." Hannah was a student at the University of Birmingham, which said it was "deeply saddened" by her death.
Her personal tutor, Dr Andrew Davies, the head of theology and religion at the university, said Hannah was a "rare treasure". "I think one of the first things that struck us about her was her enthusiasm," he said. "She was always the kind of first to be there for lecture [sic], bright-eyed, bushy tailed, even in the early hours of the morning. Really enthusiastic, really dedicated and really committed - clear first-class material and she wanted to be an academic in the future."
The Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Reverend Dr Michael Ipgrave, said Ms Bladon played "an active part in the life of her local church" in Burton-upon-Trent, where she was a server. "My thoughts are with her church family in Burton," he said. "Through the Dean of Lichfield, we have also made contact with St George's Cathedral in Jerusalem and asked for prayers to be offered for Hannah there".
Moments before the attack, Hannah had given up her seat on the train to a woman with young children, putting herself next to the attacker. “The suspect was taken to Jerusalem’s police headquarters for questioning, where it was confirmed that it was a terrorist attack,” Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. Hannah, a devout Christian and only child, was an exchange student from the University of Birmingham, where she studied theology. She began studying Bible, archaeology, and religion, at the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in January. She also studied Hebrew. Hannah was scheduled to complete her studies in Jerusalem and return to Britain this summer.
Tamimi has a long history of mental illness, including an attempt to commit suicide earlier this year, He was guilty of sexually abusing one of his daughters. He was returning from a mental hospital in the north when he attacked Bladon. He told investigators he attacked Bladon in hopes that the soldier standing next to her on the train would shoot and kill him. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the attack with a statement, saying that “Radical Islamic terrorism is striking capitals around the world. This time it struck Jerusalem. In the name of the entire People of Israel, I send my condolences to the victim’s family.”
Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon sent condolences to the bereaved family and released a statement blaming terrorism. “We see that Islamic terrorsm is striking main cities around the world, including in Jerusalem, our capital. In this holiday of liberty [Passover], our security forces will hunt down and arrest the terrorists, those who send them and the agitators,” he said.“A Palestinian terrorist murdered in cold blood a 23-year-old student, a British citizen. In the name of all the People of Israel, I send my condolences to the family of the victim.”

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