Palestinian gets 23 years in prison for 2018 terror stabbing of girl in Afula

A Palestinian man was sentenced on Monday to 23 years in prison for a 2018 terror attack in which he attempted to murder an Israeli teenager.

The Nazareth District Court also ordered Nour al-Din Shinawi to pay NIS 250,000 in compensation to Shuva Malka.

Malka, then an 18-year-old from the northern city of Migdal Ha’emek, was on her way to a matriculation examination in civics when she was stabbed at a bus stop in the northern town of Afula.

She managed to reach a local coffee shop, where she collapsed and was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. She has since recovered. Shinawi was captured after a brief manhunt and police chase.

According to the charges, Shinawi, from the West Bank city of Jenin, had entered Israel in March 2018 as part of a tour and then remained in the country illegally.

He worked in construction in the northern town of Nof Hagalil and nearby communities, and at a certain point decided to carry out a stabbing attack on a religious Jew or soldier. He obtained two knives for that purpose.

Shuva Malka, center, the 18-year-old who was stabbed and seriously wounded in a terror attack, seen at Haemek medical center in Afula June 17, 2018. (Meir Vaknin/Flash90)

Shinawi told investigators that Malka, dressed in religious garb, looked like a “settler” to him and so he decided to attack her. He approached her from behind and stabbed her nine times in her upper body. Believing he had killed her, he then fled the scene.

Prosecutors further said that when Shinawi realized he was being chased by police, he planned to stab and kill an officer with his knife. However, when he turned toward police with the knife in his hand, he was shot in the leg and arrested.

Police said Shinawi told them he had felt hatred toward Israelis after two of his friends were killed at a checkpoint outside Nablus while trying to stab soldiers in 2015.

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