Yaakov’s 8-year-old brother dies of injuries from car-ramming attack

February 12, 2023 by Pesach Benson
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An eight-year-old boy critically injured in Friday’s car-ramming attack in northern Jerusalem died of his injuries on Saturday.

The attack scene Photo by Shalev Shalom/TPS on 11 February, 2023

Asher Menachem Paley was the brother of six-year-old Yaakov Yisrael Paley, who was also killed. The younger boy was buried on Friday.

“The boy arrived in critical condition while being resuscitated, and many teams from the trauma unit, from the ER, pediatric intensive care, pediatric surgery, and neurosurgery fought for many hours for his life, but unfortunately they had to declare his death,” the Shaarei Zedek Medical Center announced on Saturday evening.

A third brother, 10-year-old Moshe Paley, was taken to the Hadassah Ein-Kerem Medical Center with light injuries and has since been released to his home. Meanwhile, the father of the two boys, Avraham Paley, is hospitalized at the Hadassah-Mt. Scopus Medical Center in moderate condition.

Yaakov and Asher Paley.  Photo: Twitter

Asher Paley’s death brings the death toll from the car-ramming attack to three. Paramedics declared 20-year-old Asher Shlomo Lederman dead at the scene. He had been recently married.

On Friday afternoon, Hossein Karake, a 31-year-old Israeli citizen and resident of the eastern Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya ploughed his car into a crowd of people at a bus stop in the northern Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ramot. Karake was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer at the scene and by responding officers.

Following the attack, Hamas and Fatah both praised Karake’s attack as “heroic,” while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered that Karake’s home be sealed off for demolition. However, it emerged on Saturday that Karake was living in a rented home.

On Saturday night, it also disclosed that Karake had a criminal record and had recently been released from a psychiatric hospital the week of the attack.

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