IDF Arrests Mother of Halamish Terrorist on Suspicion of Incitement

According to the IDF, the mother of the terrorist who murdered three people in the settlement on Friday night called to attack Jews

Israeli forces near the site of the attack in the West Bank settlement of Halamish and assailant Omar al-Abed, July 21, 2017.

The mother of the terrorist who carried out Friday's terror attack in the settlement Halamish, was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of incitement. The IDF Spokesperson's Office said that she was arrested for her recent calls to attack Jews. In Friday's attack, Yosef Salomon, 70, and his two children, Elad, 36, and Chaya, a 46-year-old teacher who lived with her parents, were murdered.

In reports on Palestinian networks, the mother said she was proud of her son for what he did. His father was quoted in Israeli media as saying he is opposed to any attack, and that if he had known about his son's intended actions, he would have stopped him. 

The attacker, 19-year-old Omar al-Abed of the Palestinian village Khobar, broke into the Salomon family's home during Friday night Shabbat dinner armed with a knife. 

Israeli security forces said al-Abed identifies with the Islamist Hamas movement, but is not considered an active member in the organization. Security forces believe he acted alone and bought the knife used in the attack against the backdrop of growing tensions surrounding Jerusalem's Temple Mount, following a terrorist attack there on July 14 in which two Israeli policemen were killed.

Several hours before making his way into the settlement and murdering the three family members, al-Abed wrote on Facebook (in Arabic): "I have not yet reached the age of 20, I have many dreams, but there is no life after what is seen in Al-Aqsa."