“One of the older settlers — who was wearing a black shirt, military trousers, and a hat — approached and threw stones at us. He then swung a knife and tried to stab me. I pushed him and then he pounced and stabbed Ali near his heart. The police and army were just a few meters away from us, but they did not do a thing to the stabber.”
“The settlers were scared at first, but when the army and police arrived, they were reassured,” said Amjad, another one of Harb’s relatives who witnessed the incident. “The stabber did not talk to us, he simply began attacking and then ran away with the knife.”
As Harb collapsed and began bleeding on the ground, more relatives rushed to help him. According to Zaid, a settler aimed a weapon at one of the men who tried to help, which delayed the evacuation. After a few minutes, Harb was taken by foot to a private vehicle that transported him to a hospital in the nearby Palestinian city of Salfit, where doctors pronounced him dead.
Zaid and Amjad said that prior to the stabbing there was no violence by the Palestinians toward the settlers.
While the police initially said that they could not identify the attacker, eyewitnesses presented Local Call with a photo from the stabbing that included an image of the attacker. The image showed an adult male who came to the area with the group of 10-15 teenagers and a number of other adults. On Wednesday afternoon, Israeli police arrested a Jewish man on suspicion of being involved in the killing after he arrived at the Ariel police station on his own initiative.