'There's no such thing as a mentally ill terrorist'

Family of man murdered in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem considering petition to Supreme Court if terrorist's home isn't demolished.

Benny Tocker,

Adiel Coleman
Adiel Coleman
Courtesy of the family

Adiel Coleman, a father of four from Kochav Hashachar, was murdered nine months ago in a stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem. The home of the terrorist from the village of Aqraba near Shechem (Nablus) has not been demolished to this day due to the claim that the terrorist is mentally ill.

Bat El Coleman, Adiel's sister-in-law, told Arutz Sheva on Monday that the family is considering petitioning the Supreme Court.

"This is a precedent-setting and dangerous decision. Never before has the argument been made that a terrorist is mentally ill and therefore his home should not be demolished,” she said.

"We know that there was a reexamination of the case, and there was even someone who claimed that it was not a nationalistic attack, even though everyone knows that the opposite is true. In the end both the Justice Ministry and the Attorney General determined it was a nationalistic attack. If they do not demolish the house, we will consider turning to the Supreme Court,” continued Coleman.

The determination that the terrorist was mentally ill raises many questions, said Coleman.

"This was a planned murder by a terrorist who received a work permit in Israel, has a family and came to Jerusalem specifically to stab a Jew. Today we also know that he wrote songs with messages against Zionism and in favor of jihad and purification of Al-Aqsa. So how can one say about such a person that he is not in control of his actions? By the way, one can argue with regard to any murderer or rapist that he was not really normal. We also know that his family is proud of what he did. They also get paid for it."

Coleman noted that there is no room for considerations of mental health in the war against terror.

"We are in a war against terror, and it is impossible to apply mental health considerations here – this is not the ordinary criminal world. This is a planned system of terror and a family that receives salaries from the terrorist organizations. Someone sent him to carry out the attack, even if he is allegedly mentally ill. We, by the way, have no access to the material that will indicate whether he is indeed mentally ill, but it is clear that the threshold must be very high."




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