Siblings of Terrorist Who Murdered 13-year-old Girl Indicted for Incitement to Violence

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13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel With her family.
13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel With her family.Credit: Courtesy

The brother and sister of Mohammed Nasser Tra’ayra, who murdered 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel in her bed two weeks ago and was subsequently killed, have been indicted in a military court for inciting violence.

Tamer Tra’ayra, 23, was indicted for publishing messages of incitement on his Facebook account since the beginning of the current wave of Palestinian violence last October. Examples of such incitement cited by prosecutors were a picture of an armed woman with the slogan, “We have sworn we will not abandon our weapons with the last drop of blood in out veins” (for which he received 10 “likes,”) and a profile picture of an armed man with the slogan, “The war is on the way to Jerusalem.”

In March, after his cousin, Yousef Walid Tra’ayra, carried out a hit-and-run attack in which a soldier was injured, he again changed his picture to that of his cousin, and wrote: “You have bewitched me, ‘Oh shahid [martyr].’”

Lara Tra’ayra, 20, was also charged with incitement to violence. “My brother is a martyr [shahid], God be praised,” she told Al-Quds television station after the murder of Ariel.” “God will make a reckoning with the Jews and you should be happy in the Garden of Eden, my brother.”

In another interview, she said: “The shock was that he really intended to do it, my brother gave us pride. With God’s help, my brother will receive his martyrdom in the Garden of Eden.” The video of the interview was uploaded to YouTube.

The two were ordered held until the end of legal proceedings against them.

Mohammed Tra’ayra, 19, from the Palestinian village of Bani Na’im, jumped the perimeter fence of Kiryat Arba, a settlement close to Hebron, broke into and isolated home and stabbed Ariel to death in her sleep. The settlement’s security guards rushed to the scene, alerted by the electronic system triggered when Tra’ayra jumped the fence, and shot the terrorist dead. 

After the attack it was revealed that Tra’ayra had praised a Palestinian woman who carried out a car-ramming attack in Kiryat Arba a week before. In a Facebook post, he called her a martyr whose “name has been exalted, you’re free and Jerusalem is proud of you.”

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