(JTA) – An Arab-Israeli man arrested for a stabbing attack at a northern Israeli kibbutz said the attack was an accident.
Ala Mhamed Zwid, 20, said through his attorney on Monday in Haifa District Court that he accidentally ran over two soldiers at a bus stop in Kibbutz Gan Shmuel near Hadera on Sunday night before stabbing several people while trying to protect himself, Ynet reported.
Zwid, of the Arab town of Umm al-Fahm, located 12 miles from the scene of the attack, stabbed one of the soldiers he hit with his car, a 19-year-old woman. She remains in critical condition and on life support.
Dozens of demonstrators marched in Hadera on Sunday night after the stabbings to protest the dangerous security situation.