'There are terrorists at the Salomon house'

Telephone call reveals tense moments during Halamish terror attack. 'When you get a call on Shabbat evening, you know something is wrong.'

Eliran Aharon,

Binyamin Center
Binyamin Center
Eliran Aharon

Miri Maoz-Ovadia, a resident of Neve Tzuf (Halamish), called the emergency center of the Binyamin Regional Council on Friday night to report on the murderous attack that was taking place at the Salomon family's home.

Maoz Ovadia called the emergency hotline, after her mother, who also lives in Neve Tzuf, updated her on the phone about the presence of a terrorist in the Salomon home.

"It was Friday night, a few minutes before ten. "We had just put the children to bed and the phone rang, and you have to understand that a telephone call on Friday night is an unusual event - it's clear that something is not right.” [Jewish law forbids the use phones on Shabbat unless a potentially life-threatening situation is underway.]

"We did not get to the phone in time. When I saw an 'unanswered call' from my mother I immediately called her back and she said tersely, 'There are terrorists in the Salomon house, call the Binyamin Center.' " she said.

Maoz-Ovadia related that she immediately called to report the attack to the emergency hotline, and her husband, who heard the word "terrorists," ran towards the Salomon family home carrying his personal firearm.

Elyashiv Sarloy, director of the Binyamin Center, told Arutz Sheva about the importance of the hotline and emphasized that "We know how to respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and distribute the information to all relevant parties."




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