Mr Hassassian, who has represented the PA in Britain since 2005, was asked about the attack at a question and answer session at Imperial College London last week.
The questioner challenged Mr Hassassian over the money the PA pays to terrorists, and referred to the murder of Hannah Bladon. The questioner said: “Three weeks ago, a 21-year-old British Christian student from Birmingham University… was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist, while [she] was on an exchange programme in Jerusalem.
In the course of his answer, Mr Hassassian stated that he “was not aware of the incident himself that you mention”.
On Thursday, 57-year-old Jamil Tamimi was indicted by Israeli prosecutors. The indictment against Tamimi came after he was found fit to stand trial by a psychiatrist at the Jerusalem district of the state prosecution last month.
Israel’s Ambassador to the UK, H.E. Mark Regev, was among hundreds who gathered for the funeral of Miss Bladon yesterday.
Miss Bladon had been studying religion, theology and archaeology at the University of Birmingham since 2015. As part of her studies she began a programme at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University in January, which she was set to complete in September.