The female Israel Border Police officer who neutralized the Har Adar terrorist recalled the deadly terror attack that claimed the life of her close friend, Solomon Gavriyah. “The security guards searched him [the terrorist], saw that he had a work permit and were going to let him pass,” she stated. “At the same moment, the terrorist simply took out a firearm and started shooting.”
S. Photo Credit: Channel 2 News
A day after the Har Adar shooting attack, Staff Sergeant S., the female Israel Border Police officer who shot the terrorist, returned to the scene of the deadly attack and recalled the dramatic moments. “This attack surprised me a lot,” she said. “It was like a dream that I wanted to wake up from and discover that it never happened, that it was real.”
Shortly after 7:00 am, all the Palestinian workers had already entered the settlement on the outskirts of Jerusalem except for the terrorist, Nimer Mahmoud Ahmed Jamal, who arrived late. Two security guards, the settlement’s chief security officer, S. and Border Police team commander Solomon Gavriyah, whom she called “Soli,” were at the gate.
“I was standing next to Soli,” S. recalled. “The security guards searched him [the terrorist], saw that he had a work permit and were going to let him pass. The chief security officer told him to take a step back because he was suspicious. At the same moment, the terrorist simply took out a firearm and started shooting. I thought that Soli was standing behind me. I didn’t see him fall. I was focused on eliminating the terrorist and the second that I surprised him from behind, I shot him in his legs.”
Solomon Gavriyah Photo Credit: Israel Border Police/Channel 2 News
S., another Border Police officer and the chief security guard then shot the terrorist several times. After the terrorist was neutralized, S. ran to Gavriyah, who was lying on the ground. “I shouted, ‘Soli, are you alive?’ but he didn’t answer me,” she continued. “I saw that a lot of blood was coming out of him.”
The two met about a year ago when Gavriyah was assigned to the unit where S. serves. Ever since, he was like a big brother and mentor to her. S. said that she is certain that the terror attack could have been worse if she, the chief security officer and the other Border Police officer had not responded so quickly: “He [the terrorist] would have infiltrated the town, entered the school of young children, which is very close, and murdered them too.”