Terror victim Hannah Bladon (UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
Hannah Bladon

The Derby County Rams players and fans honored terror victim Hannah Bladon with a minute of silence before a game. 

Shortly before Monday’s soccer game with Huddersfield Town, the Derby County’s Rams held a minute of silence to mark the murder of Rams supporter, Hannah Bladon.

Twenty-year-old Bladon, from Burton-upon-Trent, was murdered on Friday in Jerusalem by Jamil Tamimi, a Palestinian terrorist.

The gesture was observed by all, with thousands of fans from both teams standing in silence. Both team’s players stood, arms linked and heads bowed, facing each other in the center of the field.

Fans applauded when the minute ended.

Bladon studied archaeology and theology at the University of Birmingham before beginning a semester in Jerusalem’s Hebrew University at the end of January.

She was described by her family as “the most caring, sensitive and compassionate daughter you could ever wish for.”

Traveling on Jerusalem’s light rail train Friday on her way home from an archaeological dig, Bladon gave her seat to accommodate a woman holding a baby, Israeli TV reported. She unknowingly chose to stand near a terrorist, who shortly after fatally stabbed her.

“Everybody at Derby County would like to express our sincerest sympathies to the Bladon family,” the football club stated.

Israel’s Channel 2 reported the stabbing as an attempted suicide attack. Tamimi, who hoped to be shot dead during the attack, was arrested.

The Shin Bet, Israel’s Security Agency, said the terrorist had “recently tried to commit suicide – in a hospital in northern Israel – by swallowing a razor blade. In 2011 he was convicted of sexually abusing his daughter.”

“This is not the first time that a Palestinian suffering from personal, mental or moral distress has chosen to commit a terrorist attack in order to escape his problems,” the Shin Bet statement concluded.

Two other victims were wounded and several people were taken to a Jerusalem hospital for treatment of shock and trauma.

By: Max Gelber, United with Israel