Jerusalem shooter remanded to Jerusalem court
The court also took Sidwai’s brother into custody for three days.
The 26-year-old East Jerusalem resident, who allegedly acted alone, was suspected of murder in the past but was eventually convicted of grievous bodily harm in 2015 and sentenced to eight years in prison, including five.
In August 2020, he was released from Hermon prison on an administrative release, despite recommendations from security officials, after the parole board found he had undergone treatment that included , among other things, anger management workshops.
“The inmate performed his duties well, displayed responsible and serious demeanor and, according to therapy teams, exerted a positive influence on other inmates in the ward,” the parole board said.
A prison education official said she was impressed with his abilities. “He was engaged, responsible, shown and able to recognize emotions that would lead him to unwanted responses,” she said.
While incarcerated, he volunteered to work with disabled children, which prison authorities say advanced his rehabilitation.
Sidwai had enrolled in a Haifa University economic management course and a legal workshop, but his attendance was suspended after he was late to return to prison after a furlough.
Sidwai opened fire at two separate locations near the Old City: first on a bus waiting in a parking lot near the Western Wall, injuring two male passengers in their 30s.
He then fled and opened fire on a nearby group of people, wounding six others, including four US citizens.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Yair Lapid vowed to “hunt down” those “who harm Israeli citizens” after the Jerusalem attack.
Speaking at the weekly Cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister said: ‘We will catch them everywhere and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.
“The Jerusalem area will be greatly strengthened [by security forces] to prevent copycat attacks, but I want to emphasize that Israel’s capital is safe, open, strong and welcoming to tourists and residents,” Lapid said.