The news after Shabbat was the worst possible kind. On Friday night, an Israeli family celebrating the birth of a new grandson were brutally massacred by a Palestinian terrorist who entered their home and stabbed 3 of them to death, while badly injuring a fourth victim.
The family had gathered for a Friday night Shabbat dinner to celebrate the birth that morning of a grandchild.
The Shabbat table was covered with a bright white tablecloth, laden with snacks, bottles of cola and an unopened bottle of whiskey.
They were waiting for other guests to arrive, the door of their home at the settlement of Halamish apparently open.
Instead, a 19-year old Palestinian, Omar al-Abed, from a nearby village, burst in armed with a large knife and began stabbing the members of the family. There were apparently 10 people in the house when he entered.
He killed the grandfather of the family, Yosef Salomon, 70, his daughter Chaya Salomon, 46, and son Elad Salomon, 36.
His wife Tova, 68, was seriously wounded and taken to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem where she underwent surgery on Saturday morning. When she came out, she was given the bitter news — her husband and two of their children were dead.
The couple are survived by three other children; it was the youngest who wife had given birth to the new grandchild that morning.
As Abed continued to stab the victims, the slain son’s wife managed to rush several small children to a nearby room and lock the door. She called the police and screamed for help.
A neighbor, who serves in an elite IDF unit, heard the cries and rushed over, shooting the terrorist through the window of the house.
Identified only as Sgt. A., from the IDF’s elite canine special forces unit, the soldier said he heard the screams of the victims, ran to the window of the house and shot and wounded the killer.
“I understood immediately what was happening — I saw the terrorist and shot him through the window,” he said, according to Channel 2 news.
“I understood the situation thoroughly,” he repeated. “I shot into [the house] from outside. I didn’t think a lot. I acted immediately.”
The terrorist was wounded by the shooting. Some reports said that as medics tried to save the victims, he jumped up and tried to attack them, before being subdued again.
What a shame the soldier missed and didn’t manage to kill the terrorist.
An initial investigation after the incident showed that Abed had triggered an earlier alarm when he climbed over the fence of the settlement, but the alarm only went off in the community security control center. He managed to make into the house of his victims, some 150 meters from where he breached the fence, without being challenged.
The IDF was investigating how he managed to walk the three kilometers (2 miles) from his village to Halamish without being detected, and why the first alarm, when he breached the fence, was not conveyed to the local security unit.
The army said it appeared Abed had posted a Facebook post detailing his intention as he walked toward the community. He reportedly had a Quran with him. Before crossing the fence, he apparently performed some type of purification ritual, anticipating he would be killed. Empty water bottles were found at the site.
And here we come to the crux of the matter – the incitement by the likes of the Mufti and PA “President for Life” Mahmoud Abbas:
In initial questioning, Abed said he bought the knife two days ago, wanting to commit a terror attack because of events surrounding the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Yeah, right – because before there were magnetometers there was never any Palestinian terrorism against Israelis.
The residents of Halamish (also known as Neve Tzuf) released a statement saying this was never about metal detectors:
“We call upon the government of Israel to return security to our community and all of Israel immediately. This was never about metal detectors, the incitement and murder must be brought to a rapid end.”
Binyamin Netanyahu expressed his sorrow at the attack – though I would have thought “fury” or “anger” would have been more appropriate:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night expressed his “deep sorrow” over the murder of three family members in the settlement of Halamish on Friday night.
“This was an act of terror perpetrated by a human animal, infused with abhorrent hatred,” the prime minister said in a statement, released minutes after the end of the Sabbath.
Israel’s security forces are doing “all they can to maintain security, and will take all necessary measures to do so,” the statement said.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman earlier Saturday visited the site of Friday’s terror attack, which claimed the lives of three Israelis, and said Israel was demanding prompt condemnation of the attack by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Abbas, Liberman said, must issue “a clear condemnation of the massacre committed yesterday against an innocent family that posed a danger to no one, a terrible slaughter carried out during the family’s Shabbat dinner.”
I hope he is not holding his breath.
For some graphic examples of the incitement that led directly to this murderous attack, just see the following tweets:
First, the mother of that murderous filth who committed the murders, praising her son:
And our old “friends” Hamas couldn’t resist celebrating the murder of Jews:
As for those dreaded metal detectors:
And putting it all into historical perspective:
Words can hardly comfort the family and friends of Yosef, Elad and Chaya Salomon Hy’d. All we can do is pray that they be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. May Hashem avenge their blood. And Refuah Shlema to Tova Salomon.
ברוך דיין אמת. יהי זכרם ברוך. May their memories be for a blessing.