Ofer - Fines, Incitement
Translation: Marganit W.
The Military Prosecutor: We updated the Salomon family regarding the plea bargain and they are okay with it
On 21.7.17 Omar Abed carried out a terrorist attack in the settlement of Halamish; three members of the Salomon family were murdered. Omar was arrested and right away his father, mother, uncle and two brothers were also arrested.
The family home was promptly demolished.
The family members were charged with failure to prevent a crime.
On the face of it, it is hard to respond to such an indictment, and in fact there were several references to the indictment in the press.
With Judge Menahem Lieberman presiding, the prosecutor Major Sagiv Lichtman presented the agreement: “there is legal complexity regarding the period of time in which the family members knew about the upcoming event, what was done and what they failed to do.”
The plea bargain includes the following:
the father, Abed Jalil gets 60 days in jail, minus time already served.
Ibrahim and Haled will receive 8 months minus time served and no monetary fine.
The mother Ibtisam Abed Jalil was charged with two counts.
One: failing to prevent a crime.
Two: Incitement. She is charged that on the morning after the attack she praised the deed in a TV interview. Her plea bargain includes 31 days in prison minus the days in detention, a 3000-shekel fine deducted from the bail she posted.
Ibtisam was released that same day.
The members of the family who were present in court said that it is common knowledge that the Shabak [GSS] knows everything that is posted on social media, so why didn’t the Shabak try to arrest Omar?
Atty. Fadi Qawasme, who represents the entire family, told me a week ago that the prosecution would face an uphill job with this kind of indictment.
The vindictiveness against the family easy to see, but I can’t understand why the prosecution apprised the Salomon family with the details of the agreement and obtained their approval, and then reported it to the court.