The Beer Sheva District Court has convicted the Muslim Bedouin terrorist who murdered Nachal soldier Ron Kukia in Arad in October 2017 of murder.
Ron Yitzhak Kukia—a 19-year-old soldier from Tel Aviv who served in the Nahal infantry brigade—was stabbed to death by Muslim Bedouin terrorists while waiting for a bus outside a mall in Arad.
Ron tried to call for help after having been fatally stabbed, collapsing on top of a car.
A day later, two Bedouin terrorists residents of the Negev, Khaled and Zuhay Abu Jouda, were arrested over for the murder Ron Kukia.
During the initial interrogation, one of the terrorists linked himself to the murder, revealed that he originally intended to kidnap him and even led the Shabak interrogators to the place where the soldier’s weapon was hidden.
The investigation revealed that Khaled identified with terror groups and that he harbored terrorist views.
Zawi Jodah was indicted for assisting his half brother in the terror attack.
Khaled originally planned to kidnap a soldier by using anesthesia to which he had access in Soroka University Medical Center in Beer Sheva. He planned to use him as a bargaining chip to secure the release of Muslim terrorists in Israeli security prisons.
“This was a student from a college in Ashkelon who does not work in the hospital. He came for work experience for his studies and stayed in the hospital for two weeks,” a spokesperson from Soroka Medical Center said.
Revising his plan, Khaled intended to kill the kidnapped soldier and use his rifle to carry out more attacks.
He purchased a vehicle in which he intended to escape after the terror attack and hid a stash of money he intended to use for living while on the run.