Victim of Be'er Sheva car ramming says 'convinced' attack was terrorism

Teen says car came right at him, says rolled off windshield and tried to move away but found could not stand as his leg was broken; suspect to face attempted murder motivated by terror, charge

Ilana Curiel|
The 18-year-old, who was rammed into by a car in Beer Sheva in what was suspected to be a terror motivated attack says he is convinced that the suspicions are true.
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  • The teenager, wearing an IDF uniform, was on his way to Air Force Technological College in the city when he was hit by the suspect's car.
    Car ramming in Beer Sheva
    "I heard a car accelerate, I managed to turn back a bit to look over my shoulder and I saw him speed towards me," he recalled.
    "I don't know if I was stressed, or if it was the adrenaline that hit me after the car rammed into me, but I understood that I was on his windshield. He turned left and I tried to push myself to get off the car," he said. "I got up, but I fell forward because my leg was broken. After I understood that I could not walk, I sat down and started dragging myself back."
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    תאונת דרכים בין רכב להולך רגל בבאר שבע
    Car ramming in Beer Sheva
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    A bystander called for an ambulance, after which the teenage boy immediately called his parents to tell them what had happened.
    "My mom got upset. I knew it was a terror attack … After he hit me I saw him keep driving."
    The suspect, a 39-year-old Rahat resident, was arrested after receiving medical attention. He will likely face charges of attempted murder motivated by terrorism, the police said.
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    תאונת דרכים בין רכב להולך רגל בבאר שבע
    תאונת דרכים בין רכב להולך רגל בבאר שבע
    Car ramming in Beer Sheva
    (Photo: United Hatzalah of Beer Sheva)
    The driver claimed initially that he lost control of his car and that it was an accident.
    He had come to the police station in Beer Sheva several days earlier, complaining about threats received from an anonymous citizen who said that "Bedouins should fly out of the city." In the footage from the police, the suspect was heard saying: "If you respect us - we'll respect you. If you don't respect us - you will suffer. This isn't a threat, but our respect and our life? We're willing to give up on life."
    He had also posted on his Facebook page, a call for fellow Bedouins to stand up to racism directed at them.
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