Mother of Islamic man who allegedly butchered Jewish family says she’s ‘proud’ of her son

Mother of Islamic man who allegedly butchered Jewish family says she’s ‘proud’ of her son
Celebrations broke out in the streets of Gaza after a 19-year-old teen killed three members of a Jewish family. He also received praise from the leader of Hamas, and the teen's own mother. (Image source: Terrorist mother's video statement, Twitter screenshot)

The mother of a 19-year-old Palestinian man, who allegedly broke into the home of a Jewish family celebrating Shabbat and proceeded to stab three members of the family to death and wound a fourth, said she is proud of her son following his actions.

On Friday, the Salomons, a Jewish family in the Halamish settlement in Israel, were about to enjoy a Shabbat dinner to celebrate the birth of a grandchild born that morning.

In a neighboring village two miles away, Omar al-Abed was preparing to commit an act of terror, according to the Times of Israel. A spokesman for the IDF said that al-Abed posted a Facebook message prior to the attack, announcing that he intended to attack only with a knife and that he was likely not going to come back alive.

The man reportedly carried a Koran with him as he made his way toward Halamish and performed a purification ritual, which included the washing of hands, arms, mouth, and other parts of the body with fresh water. Israeli authorities say they found empty water bottles nearby.

According to the Times, al-Abed climbed the wall of the Hamalish settlement, tripping alarms in the process, but he managed to make his way to the Salomon home unchallenged, according to reports. Al-Abed burst into the home with a large knife and began stabbing the family members, authorities said.

The grandfather, Yosef Salomon, 70, his daughter Chaya Salomon, 46, and son Elad Salomon, 36, were killed. Yosef’s wife Tova Salomon, 68, was critically injured, the Times reported.

Elad’s wife, Michal, managed to hide her children in a back room. She locked the door, called the police, and screamed for help.

The Salomons’ neighbor, identified only as Sgt. A of an elite IDF canine unit, heard the screams and rushed over with a pistol. Seeing the terrorist from outside, the soldier shot al-Abed through the window, subduing him.

“I understood immediately what was happening — I saw the terrorist and shot him through the window,” Sgt. A said, according to the Times.

“I understood the situation thoroughly,” Sgt. A added. “I shot into [the house] from outside. I didn’t think a lot. I acted immediately.”

The suspect was merely wounded, however, and reportedly attempted to attack medical personnel who arrived to try to give aid to the stabbed family members.

Tova Salomon was transported to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem where she underwent surgery Saturday.

Al-Abed was also transported to an unnamed hospital, where he was treated and released to security services for questioning Saturday afternoon.

Once news broke of the attack, celebrations reportedly broke out in Gaza in the streets of Neve Tzuf over the murder of the family members.

According to journalist Khaled Abu Toameh of the Jerusalem Post, al-Abed’s father received a call from Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, who said al-Abed “brought pride to the nation.”

The mother of al-Abed also made a short video, saying that she was proud of her son following the massacre.

According to the Times, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement Saturday that he had “deep sorrow” for the murder of the Salomons and that “this was an act of terror perpetrated by a human animal, infused with abhorrent hatred.”

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