The terrorist attack was carried out by 21-year-old Abd el-Rahman Shaloudi, a 21-year-old Palestinian from Silwan, who made no secret of his support for Hamas, posting messages and video clips about the terrorist organization on his Facebook page.

 Behind the Headlines: Terror attack in Jerusalem


The attack

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, a Palestinian deliberately rammed his car into a crowd of Israelis standing next to a light-rail train station in Jerusalem. The victims had just disembarked at the station near the Ammunition Hill memorial and were on the pavement when hit.

The victims

A three-month-old baby girl was thrown at least ten meters from her stroller after being struck by the car. The critically injured infant died of her head wounds two hour later in the nearby Mount Scopus Hadassah Hospital. Eight others were injured, including the baby’s father.

The infant, Chaya Zissel Braun, was a dual Israeli-American citizen, as are her parents. The young family was returning home from her first visit to the Kotel (Western Wall). In an interview to the media, her grandfather, Shimshon Halperin, stated that Chaya’s parents had tried for years to have a child and that he and his wife had flown in from the US to meet their granddaughter for the first time.

Karen Jemima Mosquera, 22, of Ecuador, critically wounded in the attack, died on Sunday, October 26. Mosquera had come to Israel a year and a half ago to complete her conversion to Judaism after discovering she was descended from Conversos, Spanish Jews who were forcibly converted to Catholicism after 1492. She spent the last two months in a Midrasha, an institute of Jewish studies for women, with other women from South America. 

 Behind the Headlines: Terror attack in Jerusalem

 Karen Jemima Mosquera in Jerusalem last winter