JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Jewish-Israeli teenager who admitted to stabbing four Arab men in the southern city of Dimona was indicted for attempted murder.
The indictment was issued on Monday by the Beersheba District Court, the Times of Israel reported. The attacker, 17, also was indicted on counts of aggravated assault and causing aggravated bodily harm with racist intent.
Two of the victims sustained minor injuries in the Oct. 9 attack; the others were moderately injured.
The teen told officers during questioning that he stabbed his victims because “all Arabs are terrorists.”
His lawyer, the far-right activist Itamar Ben-Gvir, has told the court that his client’s mental health “deteriorated because of the reality to which he was exposed.”
A court-ordered psychiatric exam found that the teen was fit to stand trial.