Arab murderer of British student gets mere 18 months in jail

Jamil Tamimi, who killed a British exchange student in Jerusalem, is getting away with an 18-month sentence.


Jamil Tamimi, an Arab resident of east Jerusalem who stabbed a British exchange student to death on a Jerusalem train in April 2017, will serve only 18 months in jail after reaching a plea bargain with prosecutors. They were concerned that he could escape punishment altogether, as he suffers from mental illness.

According to Israel’s public broadcaster Kan, Tamimi will also escape having to pay compensation to the victim’s family.

Tamimi stabbed Hannah Bladon, 20, as she rode on the Jerusalem Light Rail. A religion, theology and archaeology student, she was in Israel on an exchange program from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

According to media reports at the time, Tamimi was known to security services. He had been convicted of molesting his own daughter and spent time in a psychiatric ward. The day before the attack, he was released from a mental health center after being involved in a violent incident.

The State Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement that prior to any agreement being signed, it could not comment on the details.

The office is in “constant contact with the parents of the deceased through their attorney and any decision will only be made after hearing the position of the victim’s parents,” the statement said.