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Verdict of Salomon family murderer to be read tomorrow

Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 18:13 On Thursday, February 15, at 10:00, at the Ofer Military Court, Lieutenant Colonel Menachem Liberman will read the verdict in the case of Omar al-Abed, the terrorist who murdered three members of the Salomon family, Hy”d, on July 21, 2017. Al-Abed was convicted on December 24, 2017 of murdering Yossi Salomon, his daughter Chaya, and his son, Elad and seriously injuring his wife, Tova. At the time of the conviction Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman called for the murderer to be given the death penalty: “Today there will be a court ruling on a terrorist who murdered in cold blood three members of the Salomon family in Halamish. The death penalty is the only appropriate punishment for an act as contemptible as this. I call on the justices to demonstrate courage and to impose the death penalty on the terrorist. Jewish blood is not cheap! There is no place for terrorists, not even in prison.” Within several days the Attorney General’s office must submit clarifications to the High Court of Justice on a petition filed by the Salomon family with the High Court demanding that it order the State of Israel to complete the demolition of the terrorist’s house. The Justices of the High Court ordered the State to clarify its stance on the status of the second story of the terrorist’s house. Following a High Court deliberation on Sunday, February 4, concerning the demolition, Michal Salomon stated that, “At the conclusion of the deliberation I turned to the justices and told them that we are here for one reason – the need to create a deterrence factor in order to prevent the next terror attack. No-one has any idea what it’s really like being a being a bereaved family. There are entire lives involved here. There is great suffering. There are many decisions that we must make alone. And we are here so that this family, this family of bereavement, will cease to grow, so that no more new members will join. I sincerely hope that the court [justices] truly consider these matters, and that they understand that forsaking human life starts here, by preventing deterrents.” Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher is assisting the family and is expected to be present at the court deliberation on Thursday, February 15.

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