Terror on Shabbat: Israeli family massacred in Halamish

Heart-rending: Yosef Solomon (70) & his children Chaya (46) & Elad (36) a father of 5, Hy’d, murdered by Arab terrorist during their Shabbat meal.

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.

Celebration turned to massacre at Halamish on Friday night

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.

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10 Responses to Terror on Shabbat: Israeli family massacred in Halamish

  1. normanf says:

    Words fail me over a mass slaughter.

    Its for the likes of people like the one who carried it out, that Netanyahu allows them to defile the House Of G-d but keeps it closed to Jews.

    That’s the real meaning of the so-called status quo – it rewards and legitimizes Jew-hatred.

    It says Israel must respect the sensitivity of people who are offended at the sight of Jews.

    That’s the real picture, not metal detectors or the BS about Jews praying on the Temple Mount offending the Arabs and we can’t afford to enrage them.

    We saw the results of their rage last night. That is beyond sickening!

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  3. Reality says:

    This is just so awful, and as you correctly say why didn’t Netanyahu or Lieberman or any other top official express fury? All these pathetic platitudes about upping security etc is just plain insulting. The parents of the Fogel family who were massacred in Itamar a few years ago , also live in Halamish (or Neve Tzuf). As they stated its not about anything else, except a passion for killing Jews, wherever they are. Not the “occupation”as Arabs have been slaughtering Jews in their homes, their beds,their hospitals,family celebrations, since before 1929, since before the state was even dreamed about.
    There is another issue at play here. After the terrorist was subdued,i.e. Not killed, he jumped up and tried to attack the paramedics, in order to kill them. Why did no one kill him? Because they didn’t want to be in jail like the “Hebron” shooter Elor Azaria. Our govt are behaving exactly as the Torah states one mustn’t behave. He who is good to the wicked, will be wicked to the good. The govt are so afraid of the lefties,the US the Eu , that they don’t put us citizens first.
    May this poor family Salomon be comforted among the mourners of Zion. May their memories be for a blessing, and a speedy Refuah Shlema to Tova Salomon.

  4. lady red says:

    This is horrifying. There are no words to express my revulsion at this cowardly and brutal mass murder. Events like this are difficult for Americans to fathom…a family butchered as they gathered for a meal in their own home. It’s appalling, and the attitude of the killer’s mother highlights why negotiating or appeasing these savages will never culminate in peace.

    My heart is with Israel.

    • anneinpt says:

      Thank you Lady Red for your support. This violence is unfathomable to us Israelis too, no matter how many times it occurs. It is just completely against every value and every tenet that we were brought up with and inculcated with.

      Each attack simply clarifies how impossible it is to make peace with these monsters. It is in their culture and their education system and embedded in their national psyche. It is just too depressing to contemplate.

      And then our government talks about “containing” the violence or “being mature” about the actions we take, and that is simply a euphemism for surrender, and it seems they think they can bring calm back by giving in. That will only bring about more terror attacks!

      Surely they know that?! I am incandescent with rage at the moment. I can barely string a coherent sentence together.

  5. I don’t even have words. I’m visiting my 2 boys who are working at a Zionist summer camp in. Northern Ontario. Both boys were campers here and my youngest returned from 2 years in Israel serving as a lone soldier to go back and work with old friends and I still Jewish values to these campers. We teach our children tolerance and acceptance regardless of religious affiliation. We teach them to love others for who they are that it’s at times incomprehensible that there are people in this world who put so little value on life. Do I blame the 19 year old terrorist…yes but I put more blame on the Palestinian Authority, in their society and on his parents and family for constantly teaching hate.

    • anneinpt says:

      Wow, Edith, kol hakavod to your son! And kol hakavod to you for encouraging him and supporting him in his endeavour.

      Your education and upbringing of your children indeed stands in stark contrast to the murderous incitement and Jew hatred instilled into the next Palestinian generation. It is profoundly depressing that with this level of incitement and brainwashing there is not a hope in hell of ever bringing about a lasting peace in the region.

      I can’t see any way out of it and that is the most depressing.

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