Salomon family celebrates Brit Milah

Child named for grandfather murdered in brutal terrorist attack last week.

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Shmuel and Chen Salomon with their baby
Shmuel and Chen Salomon with their baby
Neve Tzuf spokesperson



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Hundreds of people participated Thursday in the Brit Milah (circumcision) ceremony for the grandson born to the Salomon family last week.

The baby's name is "Ari Yosef." His parents, Shmuel and Chen Salomon, said that they invited all of Israel to participate in their joy "so that the Salomon family will be remembered as happy and joyous and not sad and hurt."

Shmuel said that his son was named "Ari" after his wife's late grandfather, and that the middle name "Yosef" was added in memory of his father, murdered in a brutal terrorist attack last Friday night.

Shmuel said that his father and his two siblings Haya and Elad, also murdered in the terrorist attack, "fought like lions against the cursed terrorist" before he murdered them.



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Earlier, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, visited the home of the Salomon family in Elad prior to the Brit Milah ceremony.

The public invitation distributed by the family quoted the verse from the book of Ezekiel recited during the blessings of a brit milah: “And I passed over you and saw you struggling in your blood. And I said to you: In your blood - you shall live! And I said to you, In your blood - you shall live!”

The invitation reads: "The public is invited to accompany us during the entrance of our son, grandson, nephew, into the covenant of Abraham our Forefather, which will take place on Thursday, July 27, at 5:00 pm at the Vizhnitz Conference Hall in Elad. We will be comforted by your presence.”

The murderous attack on the family home in Neve Tzuf took place just before the beginning of a “Shalom Zachar,” a traditional festive event to mark the birth of Tova and Yossi Salomon’s new grandson, the child whose Brit Milah was held today.

Meanwhile, an indictment was filed Thursday at the military court in Judea against the mother of the terrorist who committed the massacre in Halamish.

The mother of the terrorist, Ibtisam al-Abed, is accused of incitement after praising her son's act of murder in an interview the next day.