An Israeli court on Tuesday convicted a 14-year-old Palestinian knife attacker of two counts of attempted murder, seven months after he and his cousin seriously injured two Israelis in a Jerusalem settlement.

Closed-circuit footage of the mid-October knife attack showed Ahmed Manasra, then 13, and his cousin Hassan Manasra, then 15 - both with knife chaped objects in their hands - chase after a 21-year-old Israeli in a white shirt. The Israeli was seriously wounded.

The footage also shows a 13-year-old Israeli falling from his bike as he is stabbed and seriously injured by the Palestinian teens. 

Hassan was shot dead by border policemen, while Ahmed was overpowered and arrested.

Defence Attorney Leah Tsemel, a pro-Palestinian activist, claimed Hassan stabbed the two, while Ahmed had tried to stop his cousin.

She told reporters outside the Jerusalem District Court she would "probably" appeal.

The court in Tuesday's ruling rejected the defence's version as "highly unbelievable."

Prosecutor Yuval Kedar welcomed the ruling, saying that the knife attacker's young age did not reduce the severity of his act.

"The current wave of (knife) attacks has claimed many victims and is being carried out in many cases by minors," he said.

Observers said the prosecution may ask for eight to ten years, despite Manasra being a minor.

Manasra has been held in closed Israeli juvenile facility since October.

Neor Ben-Ezra, the 13-year-old Israeli who recovered from critical stab wounds to a major artery, also arrived in the Jerusalem court Tuesday with his family, demanding a "severe" sentence. 

Earlier Tuesday, two elderly Israeli women were injured earlier after being stabbed on a Jerusalem promenade, police said.

Five women in their 70s and 80s were taking a morning walk on the Armon Hanatizv promenade, which runs between West and East Jerusalem, when two hooded Palestinian youths with knives lunged at them from behind, spokeswoman Luba Samri said.

Two of the women were taken to hospital with stab wounds, among others to the back, Samri said. Police searched the area and arrested two suspects, but they were later released.

Palestinians have launched scores of knife attacks against Israelis since October, protesting the ongoing occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, as well as perceived violations - denied by Israel - at a disputed Jerusalem holy site.

Some 29 Israelis and more than 200 Palestinians - many of them knife attackers - have been killed since the wave of violence began.

Many of the stabbers have been minors. Israel charges that radical Muslim leaders brainwash youths to "defend" Jerusalem's al-Aqsa Mosque by stabbing Jews.

Related stories

Latest news

Syrian opposition rules out future role for President al-Assad

The Syrian opposition said Friday it would not accept any role for President Bashar al-Assad in the future of the war-torn country, reacting to a recent US shift saying that removing al-Assad is no longer a priority for Washington.

Russian Army integrates breakaway forces of Georgian province

Parts of the small fighting forces of the Georgian breakaway province of South Ossetia have been placed under Russian military control, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday.

Czech Republic's Pilsner Urquell beer is now Japanese

Japanese brewing company Asahi completed its takeover of the Czech brewery Pilsner Urquell on Friday, Asahi said in a statement.

Judge approves 25-million-dollar settlement of Trump University case

A US district judge on Friday approved a 25-million-dollar settlement of lawsuits and state fraud allegations against Trump University, the US president's now-defunct business venture.

Former Thai premier Thaksin to junta on reconciliation: 'Cut me out'

Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Friday announced that he is not interested in the junta-led reconciliation process, three days after the junta handed him a half-a-billion-dollar tax bill for his past business deal.

Dalic: We welcome possible deal between Agrokor and banks

The government welcomes the possibility of an agreement being concluded between the Agrokor food company and creditor banks, and the bill on vitally important companies is not a fallback plan but the result of the government's care for the overall economic and financial stability of Croatia, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Martina Dalic told a press conference in Zagreb on Friday.

Croatia, China sign action plan for cooperation in agriculture

The Croatian and Chinese ministries of agriculture on Friday signed an action plan for cooperation in the field of agriculture for the period 2017-2018, the Croatian ministry said in a statement.

ZSE indices up, Agrokor shares in focus of investor interest

The Zagreb Stock Exchange (ZSE) indices on Friday rose by more than 1.8%, with stocks of the Agrokor food and retail concern being in the focus of investor interest again.

Berlin police defend handling of Berlin market attacker

Berlin police defended themselves on Friday against accusations that they stopped surveillance on Berlin Christmas market attacker despite knowing in June 2016 he was dangerous.

Croatia, creditors tailor emergency measures to save tottering giant

Croatia's tottering retail and food giant Agrokor reached an agreement with its creditors, putting its debts standby and allowing it to continue working during emergency restructuring, the Croatian branch of Austria's Erste Bank said Friday.

Agrokor's creditors say standstill agreement to go into force today

A standstill agreement regarding the Agrokor concern's existing financial obligations to banks will take effect on Friday, additional capital will be injected into the concern in the coming days and the concern will be actively restructured, which includes a change of its management, it was said on Friday after a meeting between Agrokor's suppliers and creditor banks.

Palestinians, UN slam Israel's new settlement plan

Palestinians, Israeli activists and the UN lambasted the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, a day after it gave the go-ahead for the first new West Bank settlement in a quarter of a century.

South Sudan rebels release three abducted foreign oil workers

South Sudanese rebels have released three foreign engineers they abducted in early March in the oil-rich Upper Nile region, Foreign Affairs Ministry official Mawein Makol Arik said on Friday.

Turkish opposition: Imprisoned party chief has gone on hunger strike

The head of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition party has launched a hunger strike from prison.

European leagues threaten Champions League schedule clashes

The European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) on Friday threatened schedule clashes on Champions League matchdays in an ongoing dispute with the governing body UEFA.

Danish court revokes citizenship of IS volunteer

A Danish appellate court on Friday stripped a man of his Danish citizenship for volunteering to fight for the extremist Islamic State in Syria.

Banks and Agrokor agree on key elements of standstill agreement

Member banks of the coordinating committee of financial creditors and representatives of the Agrokor food company have in principle agreed on key elements of a standstill agreement, which is expected to be signed later today, announcing changes in the company's management team, Erste Bank said in a statement on Friday afternoon.

Syrian man on trial in Sweden; mosque attack labelled terrorism

A Syrian man went on trial Friday in the southern Swedish city of Malmo, charged with terrorism and arson after an attack last year on a building used as an assembly hall by Shiite Muslims.