Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) plans to change current laws regarding teen terrorists to include minors under the age of 14, Israeli news media reports Friday, in light of the legal ambiguity surrounding 13-year-old terrorist Ahmed Mansara.
Under the current law, teens who commit terror attacks under the age of 14 cannot be sentenced to Israeli prison terms, as minors of that age are tried under the juvenile courts and not in criminal courts – no matter what the crime.
In addition, minors 13 and younger can only be arrested for interrogation, not held in police custody for an extended period.
But Shaked is taking steps to change that law, Channel 10 reports.
Mansara and his 15-year-old cousin Mahmoud Mansara stabbed Jews in the northeastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze'ev on Monday, leaving two people severely wounded; one 13-year-old Jewish boy is left fighting for his life with multiple stab wounds.
Mahmoud was shot dead by police, but Mansara survived after being hit by a car – as he ran across the street with a gigantic knife.
Late Thursday night, Mansara admitted to the press for the first time that he intended to kill Jews in the attack.
"I went to the site with my cousin in order to stab Jews," he stated from his hospital bed in Israel's Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center. "I joined him and we left from Beit Hanina in order to hurt Jews in the neighborhood."