Mother of Palestinian who killed three members of Israeli family arrested for incitement

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The mother of the Palestinian terrorist who killed three Israelis as they sat at their Shabbat table was arrested for incitement.

Israeli troops arrested Ibtisam al-Abed on Monday night, the Israel Defense Forces said. She is accused of “aggravated incitement” against Jews.

Following the attack Friday night by her son Omar, 19, in the West Bank settlement of Halamish, al-Abed said in a statement captured on video and widely distributed on social media, “Praise Allah, I am proud of my son. May Allah be pleased with him.”

On Monday, the al-Abed family hosted guests and al-Abed handed out sweets. The IDF said she “called for attacks on Jews.”

Omar al-Abed, 19, from the nearby Palestinian village of Kobar, was shot and injured during the attack, in which he stabbed to death three members of one family who were together to celebrate the birth of a grandson.

Yosef Salomon, 70, his daughter Chaya, 46, and son Elad, 36, and a father of five who were in the home at the time of the massacre, were killed. Tovah Salomon, 68, Yosef’s wife and the mother of the others slain, was seriously injured in the attack.


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