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October 2014 Jerusalem vehicular attack
LocationEast Jerusalem
Date22 October 2014
Attack type
Vehicle attack
Deaths3 (2 civilians and 1 attacker)
Non-fatal injuries
7 civilians
PerpetratorsAdbel-Rahman Shaloudi, from Silwan

On 22 October 2014, a Palestinian rammed his car into a crowd of people waiting at the Ammunition Hill light rail station in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in East Jerusalem.[1][2][3] The attack killed a three-month-old girl and a 22-year-old Ecuadorian potential convert to Judaism, and injured seven others.[4][5][6] Police shot the driver of the vehicle as he fled the scene and he later died of his wounds.[7]


A 21-year-old, Adbel-Rahman Shaloudi, from Silwan, is believed to have deliberately driven his father's car at high speed into the crowd waiting at a Jerusalem light rail station. Israel identified him as a Hamas member,[8] and police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld stated that, "this was a terrorist attack. The driver ... is a resident of Silwan and has a terrorist background. He has served time in jail for terror activity."[9] The driver was shot dead as he attempted to flee the scene.[10][11]

The attack is one in a series of violent Palestinian attacks on civilians in the summer and fall of 2014 being described by some as a new intifada.[12][13]

Family members of Adbel-Rahman Shaloudi believe that he had lost control of the car and the killing was not intentional.[14][15] Ynet speculates, after conversations with his family, that his act was precipitated after hearing a false rumour on an Arabic-language radio station that Israeli police had entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque with their shoes not to arrest stone-throwers but in order to desecrate the shrine.[16] On 14 November the order was given to demolish Shaloudi's home,[17] and it was destroyed on 19 November,[18] although pictures show that only his room, and not the whole house, was destroyed.[19]


Chaya Zissel Braun was a 3-month-old, who held both American and Israeli citizenship.[20] As her mother was exiting the train, the stroller was hit directly by the car, killing her instantly.[21][22]

Karen Yemima Mosquera was a 22-year-old, a recent immigrant from Ecuador, who had come to Israel to explore Judaism, for a future conversion.[23] She was critically injured during the attack and later died on 26 October.[24][25][26][27] Her mother and sister traveled to Jerusalem to be with her in the hospital, her father joined them for the funeral.[28]

See also


  1. ^ 'Israeli rightists hold anti-Palestinian demo at light rail station,' 24 October 2014.
  2. ^ Mitnick, Joshua (22 October 2014). "Palestinian Driver Rams Crowd in Jerusalem". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  3. ^ Kershner, Isabel (22 October 2014). "Driver Plows Into Group at Jerusalem Train Station, Killing Baby, Police Say". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  4. ^ Berman, Lazar (23 October 2014). "Baby killed in Jerusalem terror attack laid to rest". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Second victim of Jerusalem attack succumbs to wounds". The Times of Israel. 26 October 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  6. ^ Rudoren, Jodi (26 October 2014). "Jerusalem Adding Police Amid Fears of Violence". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
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  8. ^ Ben Zion, Ilan (22 October 2014). "Baby killed as car rams crowd in Jerusalem terror attack". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  9. ^ Lewis, Ori (22 October 2014). "Palestinian driver rams Jerusalem station killing baby". Reuters. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
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  12. ^ Prusher, Ilene (26 October 2014). "Infant's Killing in Jerusalem Reignites Talk of a New Intifada". Time. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  13. ^ Caspit, Ben (24 October 2014). "Jerusalem's 'Silent Intifada'". US News & World Report. AI Monitor. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  14. ^ Khoury, Jack; Hasson, Nir (23 October 2014). "Family of Jerusalem light rail attacker insists he lost control of car". Haaretz. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  15. ^ Hagbard, Celine (27 October 2014). "Report: Last Wednesday's 'light rail attack' by Palestinian driver was a car accident". International Middle East Media Center. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  16. ^ 'Lies, paranoia and superstitions ,' 24 November 2014.
  17. ^ "Home demolition notice given to family of terrorist who killed 2 in Jerusalem attack". The Jerusalem Post. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  18. ^ "IDF demolishes east Jerusalem home of terrorist who ran over and killed baby, woman". The Jerusalem Post. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  19. ^ "IDF Didn't Demolish Terrorist's Home - Just His Room". Arutz Sheva. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  20. ^ Siemaszko, Corky (23 October 2014). "'It's all now in God's hands': 3-month-old baby girl laid to rest after terror attack in Jerusalem". New York Daily News. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  21. ^ Beaumont, Peter (22 October 2014). "Baby killed and eight wounded in suspected terror attack in Jerusalem". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
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  23. ^ BBCstaff (27 October 2014). "Jerusalem: Palestinian car attack claims second victim". BBC. BBC. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  24. ^ RM (24 October 2014). "La ecuatoriana Karen Mosquera se halla en estado de coma inducido Este contenido ha sido publicado originalmente por Diario EL COMERCIO en la siguiente dirección: http://www.elcomercio.com/actualidad/ecuatoriana-karen-mosquera-halla-coma.html. Si está pensando en hacer uso del mismo, por favor, cite la fuente y haga un enlace hacia la nota original de donde usted ha tomado este contenido". El Comercio. Retrieved 27 October 2014. External link in |title= (help)
  25. ^ "Muere ecuatoriana Karen Mosquera, víctima de atentado en Israel". Ecuavisa. 26 October 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  26. ^ "Ha muerto Karen Mosquera, víctima de atentado de un palestino en Israel". La Republica. EFE.
  27. ^ "Segunda víctima mortal del atentado en Jerusalén". El Pais. 26 October 2014. Archived from the original on 27 October 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  28. ^ Agencias-Redacción (26 October 2014). "Padre de Karen Mosquera viajó a Jerusalén". El Universo. Agencias-Redacción. Retrieved 27 October 2014.