FAMILY AND FRIENDS mourn at the graves of Yosef, Chaya and Elad Salomon, who were buried at the Modi’in Cemetery, on July 23. (.
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The Palestinian who slaughtered three members of the Salomon family in Halamish on July 21 was indicted on Thursday in the Judea Military Court.
In the indictment filed by the IDF West Bank Prosecution, Omar al-Abed was charged with the murders of Elad Salomon, Chaya Salomon and Yosef Salomon, the stabbing of Tovah Salomon and the attempted murder of the other members of the Salomon family.
According to the indictment, Abed was inspired to carry out a terrorist attack on Jews following the July 14 Temple Mount terrorist attack.
After failing at his initial plan to acquire a bomb or other more powerful weapons, he decided to carry out the attack with his father’s 22-cm. knife.
He successfully got past four fences around Halamish.
One fence he climbed under through a hole, one he cut through with scissors and two he climbed over using trees close to the fences.
After making his way through the Halamish cemetery to the main residential road, he noticed that one house seemed quiet and unoccupied, while he heard laughter emanating from the Salomon’s house.
Upon hearing the laughter, he decided to carry out his attack on the Salomon family.
He entered the house and first attacked and killed grandmother Chaya Salomon.
Next, he stabbed Tovah Salomon, daughter of Chaya, and Yosef. But Tovah eventually succeeded at escaping up the stairs to the second floor where she hid with five Salomon children and with Michal Salomon, Elad Salomon’s wife.
Elad Salomon, son of Chaya and Yosef and father of five children, fought an extended back-and-forth battle with Abed, even succeeding at one point in grabbing the knife.
But eventually Abed overcame Elad, regained the knife and stabbed him numerous times until he was dead.
Having killed Chaya and Elad, Abed started to stab Yosef, who offered less resistance, and after stabbing him numerous times, Yosef also died on the spot.
Before Abed could start moving to the second floor to attack the rest of the Salomon family, an off-duty soldier who lived nearby and heard the commotion, came to the scene and shot Abed until he did not pose a threat.