The trial of Ahmed Manasra, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy, charged by an Israeli court with two counts of attempted murder, is expected to resume today in a Jerusalem court. Manasra could face the maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison, his lawyers said.
"The allegation against him [Manasra] is not that he stabbed anybody, but that he had the intention to kill," said Lea Tsemel, Mansara's lawyer. "We will have to prove he did not have that intention, but rather to cause pain and frighten," Tsemel told Al Jazeera.
Israel's Jerusalem District Court indicted Manasra on charges of attempted murder on October 30, following an attack on two Israelis on October 12 at the illegal Pisgat Ze'ev settlement. The two Israelis survived their wounds. Israeli Police shot dead Hassan Manasra, Ahmed's cousin who accompanied him at the time, and a passing car ran over Manasra.
A video of Ahmed, gasping and reaching his hand out for help, a terrified expression on his face, went viral and sparked outrage. In the video, someone is heard shouting and cursing him in Arabic with an Israeli accent: "Die, son of a whore, die!" Other bystanders cursed him and shouted "Die!" in Hebrew.
He was admitted into the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem and was recovering from a broken skull.