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Mother of Halamish terrorist arrested for 'incitement'

26 Juillet 2017

The patriarch of the Salomon family, 70-year-old Yosef, his 46-year-old daughter Chaya and 35-year-old son Elad were laid to rest Sunday afternoon at the cemetery in Modi'in, stabbed to death Friday night by a 19-year-old terrorist at their home as they celebrated the birth of a new grandchild in the family. His father said he believes his son was motivated by a desire to protect the "honor" of the Jerusalem holy site.

More ministers supported Naftali's call like Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and Intelligence Minister Israeli Katz.

In the wake of the attack, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was "an act of terrorism committed by a beast incited by wild hatred".

Disputes over the shrine, revered by Muslims and Jews, have set off major rounds of Israeli-Palestinian confrontations before. They were also at the root of the current round that began last week when Arab gunmen fired from the shrine, killing two Israeli policemen.

Muslims alleged Israel was trying to expand its control at the Muslim-administered site under the guise of security - a claim Israel denies - and launched mass prayer protests.

The number of Palestinians killed by Israel since Friday's clashes stands at six.

Israel removes metal detectors from holy site entrance
Meanwhile, solidarity protests against Israel were held around the world from Kuala Lumpur to Khartoum. The cabinet voted to remove the metal detector gates after a second meeting that lasted several hours.

Three Palestinians were killed and several dozen wounded in some of the worst street clashes in two years.

Following the attack, al-Abed's mother Ibtisam al-Abed appeared in a video that was widely shared on social media, in which she praised her son for the attack, saying she was "proud of him" and hoped he would be released from custody.

The Israelis killed were a man and woman in their sixties and another man in his forties, according to Israeli sources.

Elad Salomon's wife reportedly took their five children into another room in the house as the attack unfolded and called security for help. Abed, who said he was avenging Israel's new security measures on the Temple Mount, broke into the home of the Saloman family on Friday night while ten people were enjoying a Sabbath dinner.

"Blood everywhere in the house, the floor was covered in blood", he told Israel Army Radio.

Mother of Halamish terrorist arrested for 'incitement'