Topic | Choose topic/s and define your search
Affiliations / Personalities
Date Range

Family of terrorist who stabbed 3 Israelis to death: We "are pleased" with what he did, attack was "natural" reaction to Israel's actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque

Headline: “The family of the person who carried out the Halamish operation: We are pleased with what he did, he did not hint that he would carry out the operation”
       “Khalil Al-Abd - the uncle of Omar Al-Abd (i.e., terrorist, murdered 3) who carried out the stabbing operation that occurred in the Halamish settlement west of Ramallah during the Al-Aqsa Mosque events (refers to Israel’s security steps at the Temple Mount following a terror attack there and ensuing Palestinian riots; see note below –Ed.) - said that [Omar] carried out the operation while understanding what he was doing.
He said in a special interview with [the independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan: ‘We as a family are pleased with what Omar did, and we will accept everything that the occupation will carry out with patience.’
He explained that the operation that Omar carried out was in response to the Israeli occupation’s actions against the Palestinian people and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and he held the occupation fully responsible for the operation that Omar carried out…
The uncle of young Omar denied that he [Omar] had hinted at his intention to carry out the operation, and said: ‘If Omar had hinted that he would carry out the operation, it would not have been successful. He is a quiet young man that does not talk much, and in addition, the Al-Aqsa Mosque events came as a surprise, and Omar’s response was in the same manner.’
He added: ‘It is natural that within a young Palestinian of his age, who follows and watches not only the occupation’s actions against the Al-Aqsa Mosque but also against the whole Palestinian people, revolution and hatred of the occupation will grow, which led to what Omar carried out.’”
Click to view bulletin

Omar Al-Abd – 19-year-old Palestinian terrorist who stabbed and murdered 3 Israelis - Yosef, Haya, and Elad Salomon - and severely injured 1 - Tova Salomon - as they sat at their Sabbath dinner table in Halamish, north of Ramallah, on July 21, 2017. Al-Abd was shot and wounded by a neighbor and taken into Israeli custody, receiving necessary medical treatment in an Israeli hospital.
Before committing the attack, Al-Abd wrote in his "will" on Facebook that he was taking his knife to respond to what was happening at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and did not expect to return. A week earlier, a terror attack was carried out at the Temple Mount in which 2 Israelis were murdered. Following the attack Israel closed the Temple Mount for two days and reopened it with metal detectors at the entrance to the holy site. Palestinians interpreted these measures as an “aggression” and “attack” against the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The mention of “the Al-Aqsa Mosque events” refers to Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount, including metal detectors at the entrances, following an attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israeli border police officers were murdered by 3 Israeli Arab terrorists. On July 24, 2017, Israel decided to remove the metal detectors and security cameras it had placed at the site. The PA continued to demand that all measures including inspections at the entrances be removed, and Palestinians continued to riot. On July 27, 2017, PA religious leaders declared that all Israeli measures had been removed.

»   View analysis citing this item