Halamish terrorist’s relatives convicted

The court convicted the family members on Sunday for “knowing about the attack beforehand” and then not alerting the law-enforcement authorities to stop it.

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August 28, 2017 06:17
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Israeli comfort each others outside the home, where a Palestinian broke in the day before and stabbed four Israelis killing three of them, in the Jewish settlement Neve Tsuf (Halamish), in the West Bank, on July 22, 2017. (photo credit: GALI TIBBON / AFP)

 
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The Military Court in Judea and Samaria has convicted five relatives of the Halamish terrorist Omar al-Abed for not preventing him from carrying out the attack.

The court convicted the family members on Sunday for “knowing about the attack beforehand” and then not alerting the law-enforcement authorities to stop it.

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On July 21, Abed infiltrated Halamish and stabbed to death three residents, Yosef Salomon, 70, his daughter Chaya, 46, and his son Elad, 36, and seriously wounded Yosef’s wife, Tovah, while they were sitting down for Shabbat dinner.

Two of Abed’s brothers and his uncle were sentenced to eight months in prison, according to the IDF.

His father was sentenced to two months in prison, and his mother, who was also convicted of incitement charges, was sentenced to one month in prison and a fine.

All members of the family were also subject to suspended prison terms.

Last week Abed was indicted in the Judea Military Court.

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The IDF said convicting family members for not preventing an action in these circumstances is an important and significant progress in the war on terrorism.

“The different punishments of the family members are derived from their involvement in the crime and from the time they knew about the intention to carry out an attack,” it said.

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