Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Murderer of Salomon Family Members Gets Four Life Terms

Murderer of Salomon Family Members Gets Four Life Terms

Omar al-Abed, the Palestinian who slaughtered three members of the Salomon family in Halamish on July 21 received four life sentences in prison on Thursday from the Judea Military Court.

Al-Abed from the nearby village of Kaubar, broke into the family's home in the Jewish settlement of Halamish previous year and stabbed four members of the family as they as they sat down to a traditional Sabbath dinner to celebrate the birth of a new grandchild in the family.

Israel's Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, a vocal proponent of death penalty for Palestinian assailants, wrote on his Facebook page that "no number of life sentences would suffice to punish" al-Abed. In addition to his sentencing yesterday, he was also ordered to pay the family 1.8 million shekels ($510,000) in compensation.

The Salomons had been calling for the death penalty against al-Abed, and the judges in their ruling said that they had considered capital punishment.

After failing at his initial plan to acquire a bomb or other more powerful weapons, he chose to carry out the attack with his father's 22-centimeter knife.

Israeli forensic police inspect the home where a Palestinian terrorist broke in the day before and stabbed four Israelis, killing three of them, in Halamish, on July 22, 2017. One fence he climbed under through a hole, one he cut through with scissors and two he climbed over using trees close to the fences. "My heart is with the Salomon family". Tova Salomon, 68, Yosef Salomon's wife, was seriously wounded in the attack. Abed then proceeded to stab the father of five 12 times as his children hid upstairs with his wife, Michal.

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Volunteers from the ZAKA search and rescue organization remove blood from the scene of a Palestinian terror attack in the West Bank settlement of Halamish on July 21 that killed three members of one family as they sat at their Shabbat table.

Having killed Haya and Elad, al-Abed started to stab Yosef, who offered less resistance, and after stabbing him numerous times, Yosef also died on the spot.

Omar Al-Abed was shot and subdued by a neighbor, an IDF soldier on weekend leave, who heard the family's screams.

The indictment also charged al-Abed with other prior violent crimes.

On August 16, the Israeli military demolished the Abed family home in the village of Kobar near Ramallah.

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