Family of Palestinian Who Killed Three Israelis to Be Charged for Not Preventing Him

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The Facebook post of Omar al-Abed, posted hours before he killed three Israelis in the West Bank settlement of Halamish.
The Facebook post of Omar al-Abed, posted hours before he killed three Israelis in the West Bank settlement of Halamish.

The military prosecution is expected to indict five relatives of Omar al-Abed, who stabbed to death three Israeli civilians in the settlement of Halamish last month. The five would be charged with failing to prevent a crime.

According to sources in the prosecution, the family members were aware of Abed’s plans to carry out an attack but did not try to stop him.

Expected to be charged are Abed’s father, Abed al-Jalil, his mother, Ibtisam al-Jalil, two of his brothers and another relative.

As far as is known, the main piece of evidence against the family is a Facebook post Abed wrote a few hours before the attack. “I am writing my will and these are my last words. I am young, I have not yet reached the age of 20, I have many dreams and aspirations,” he wrote.

“But what life is this, in which they murder our wives and our youth without any justification. They desecrate the Al-Aqsa Mosque and we are asleep, it’s a disgrace that we sit idly by,” he added, saying that the Palestinians who had weapons “only take them out for weddings and celebrations: Are you not ashamed of yourselves?”

According to sources familiar with the details, the family apparently saw the post. The family members allegedly discussed how to respond to the post but did not inform the authorities.

After the attack the army arrested Abed’s mother and interrogated her after she said she was proud of her son and hoped that her other sons would do the same. According to the IDF Spokesman’s Office, the mother was arrested on suspicion of “blatant incitement, and because of her recent remarks calling to harm Jews.”

The Israel Police in the West Bank, who sought the mother’s detention, said she is suspected of incitement and support for a hostile organization. She has been charged with incitement, a case that is being handled separately from the alleged non-prevention of a crime.

Yosef Salomon, 70, and two of his children, Elad, a 36-year-old father of five, and Chaya, a 46-year-old teacher, were murdered in the attack. Yosef’s wife Tova, 68, suffered moderate to serious wounds.

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