Jerusalem – On Thursday morning, Mohammad Elmadan, 21, a Palestinian militant from a small village near Bethlehem, stabbed and killed Avraham Ozeri, an 86-year-old Israeli Jew, at the entrance to the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo.

He was stopped for a routine inspection by a pair of Israeli police officers, a man and a woman, when he suddenly pulled out a large knife and attacked the male officer, identified as Lt. Daniel Motza.

As he tried to escape the scene, Mr. Elmadan stopped long enough to plunge his knife into Mr. Ozeri’s chest. He had been waiting for a nearby bus.

Emergency resuscitation efforts by ambulance crews failed.

Despite his wounds, Lt. Motza managed to shoot the attacker several times. Another passer-by then overpowered the injured terrorist.

Both the militant and the wounded officer were taken to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in moderate-to-serious condition.

In the past, Mr. Elmadan was twice expelled from Jerusalem after entering the city illegally and he was involved in several disturbances outside the capital, security officials said.

An Israel Defense Forces soldier was lightly wounded and eight Palestinians were hurt Thursday afternoon during clashes at the Elmadan home.

The soldiers entered Mr. Elmadan’s village to arrest suspects in connection with the attack and were confronted by some 125 rioting Palestinians.

Among the detainees were the terrorist’s sister and her husband.

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©The Bulletin 2008


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David Bedein
David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.