Father of terror widow speaks after terrorist's trial

Father-in-law of victim of Halamish massacre recount's family's feelings after terrorist found guilty. 'We don't want vengeance.'

Yoni Kempinski ,

Salomon family in court during trial of terrorist
Salomon family in court during trial of terrorist
Hezki Baruch

Dan Lando, the father-in-law of Elad Salomon, one of the three victims of the Halamish massacre in July, spoke to Arutz Sheva about his family's feelings following the trial of the terrorist who committed the murders Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the IDF’s Ofer court found Omar al-Abed, the 19-year-old terrorist responsible for the July terror attack in Neve Tzuf (Halamish), guilty of murdering three members of the Salomon family in their home as they sat down to a Shabbat meal.

On Friday, July 21st, while the the Salomonswere celebrating the birth of their grandson at their home in Neve Tzuf, al-Abed broke into the house, drew a knife, and stabbed the family members who had been seated at the dinner table.

Four members of the Salomon family were wounded in the massacre, three of them fatally, including Yosef Salomon, 70, his daughter Haya, 46, and his son Elad, 36.

Lando's daughter, Michal, hid with her children upstairs during the massacre.

Lando said that Yosef was "a wonderful person, always happy, always trying to make other people smile," that Haya was a teahcer who was "loved by her students," and that Elad was a "fine husband" who made Michal happy and sacrificed his life to save hers.

He said that the family told the judges about the "misery" and the "sleepless nights" they have endured since the massacre.

Lando said that the family had wanted al-Abed to receive the death penalty. However, the prosecution sought four life sentences. Instead, he said that the family would seek a recommendation from the judges that the terrorist never be released so that he would not be included in future prisoner exchanges.

"We do not want revenge. Revenge has no meaning for us," he added. We want a very heavy penalty in order to prevent other families in Israel from suffering the same loss that the Salomon family has."