The three victims of the lethal attack in Halamish. .
(photo credit: COURTESY OF THE FAMILY AND THE MUNICIPALITY OF ELAD)
IDF forces arrested Monday night the mother of the Halamaish terrorist, Omar Al-Abed, who murdered three members of the Salomon family last Friday.
She was arrested at her home in the West Bank village of Kobar for incitement after she allegedly called on Palestinians to kill Jews. Two other residents of Kobar were also arrested, one of them an additional family member of the murderer who stabbed the three Israelis to death while they were seated for Shabbat dinner in their home in the Jewish settlement.
Al-Abed published a Facebook post where he stated that he was expecting to die just before he left his West Bank village to carry out the attack in Halamish. Carrying a backpack with a Quran, wallet and bottle of water, al-Abed jumped the fence and arrived at the family’s home which was close to the entrance of the settlement.
When he arrived, he is believed to have purified himself with the bottle of water before stabbing to death a grandfather and his two adult children.
Overnight on MOnday, Israeli security forces also arrested 26 Palestinians throughout the West Bank, 22 of them on terrorism charges.
The suspects were taken to the Shin-Bet for questioning. Four of them were said to belong to the Hamas movement.