The Hebrew University shares the sorrow

April 16, 2017 Agencies
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A 21-yr-old British student on an exchange program at the Hebrew University was fatally stabbed while travelling on Jerusalem’s light rail.

Hannah Bladon

A university spokesman said: “The Hebrew University and the Rothberg International School express our deep sorrow over the murder of a ​​British student, Hannah Bladon, in today’s attack. We extend our deepest condolences to her family and we share in their sorrow.

The university condemns such acts of terror that harm innocent people, and especially a student ​who came to Jerusalem to study and widen her academic horizons.

The university administration and staff will provide all necessary support to students, faculty members and their families in Israel and around the world.

Hannah Bladon came to the Hebrew University as part of a student exchange from the University of Birmingham. Hannah began her studies here at the end of January 2017 and was supposed to continue her studies until the end of the current semester.”

May her memory be blessed.

A spokesman for the Shine Bet – Israel Security Agency – said: “The terrorist who perpetrated today’s attack in Jerusalem is Jamil Tamimi, 57, a resident of Ras al-Amud.

ZAKA attend the scene

He recently tried to commit suicide – in a hospital in northern Israel – by swallowing a razor blade. In 2011 he was convicted of sexually abusing his daughter.

This is not the first time that a Palestinian suffering from personal, mental or moral distress has chosen to commit a terrorist attack in order to escape his problems.”

President Reuven Rivlin said: “I am filled with sadness, as I received the terrible news of the murder of a young girl in the terror attack in Jerusalem.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim, and we wish all the injured a swift and full recovery.

This week thousands have come through the ancient gates of Jerusalem, to celebrate the feasts of Passover and Easter throughout the city – while the security forces work to ensure the safety of the dear residents and visitors to the city. And so we will continue to do.

Terror can never overcome us. Terror will never destroy our lives here.”

The Israel Antiquities Authority sent its deepest condolences to the Bladon family over the murder of their daughter and said: “Hannah recently volunteered in the IAA excavation at Wilson’s Arch in the Western Wall tunnels, and was supposed to return to the excavation after the holiday.”

Hannah’s attacker was detained.

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