Hallel-Yaffa Ariel (left)
Hallel-Yaffa Ariel (left)Twitter screenshot

The mother of the Arab terrorist who murdered a 13-year-old Israeli girl in her sleep has praised her son's actions, hailing him as a "martyr" and expressing hope that others will follow in his path.

17-year-old Mohammed Nasser Tarayra of the Palestinian village of Bani Naim, near Hevron, stabbed Hallel-Yaffa Ariel to death after breaking into her house in Kiryat Arba and finding her asleep in her bed. Tarayra viciously stabbed his young victim in the back repeatedly, killing her, and then attacked and stabbed a member of the town's rapid response team as they arrived on the scene, seriously injuring him as well.

Other security team members then opened fire on the terrorist, killing him.

In a clip posted on Palestinian social media pages, the killer's mother says she is proud of him.

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"My son is a hero," she says. "My son died as a martyr defending Jerusalem and the al-Aqsa Mosque. Praise be to God, he is united with the martyrs before him, and he is not better than them. God willing, all of them will follow this path, all the youth of Palestine."

Hallel-Yaffa Ariel's mother Rina, said in her eulogy for her daughter that she would like to speak to the mother of the terrorist, and say, "I teach my children to love, and you teach your children to hate". 

According to friends and relatives of Tarayra, he had posted a slew of Facebook statuses in the weeks before the attack expressing his desire to die as a martyr. In some of them, he said he wanted to avenge his cousin, who was killed as he carried out a car-ramming attack near Kiryat Arba. One soldier was lightly injured in that attack, before other troops shot and killed the attacker.