Terrorist’s mother to her son: Turn yourself in
Mother of terrorist who murdered Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal in Ariel condemns the attack: ‘Acts like this are unacceptable to me.’
The mother of terrorist Abed al-Karim Adel Assi, who murdered Itamar Ben Gal in cold blood on Monday afternoon, as he stood at the entrance to the Samaria city of Ariel, has called on her son to turn himself in to authorities.
“Acts like this are unacceptable to me,” said the mother, a resident of Haifa in her forties.
“My son has no right to hurt anyone. I condemn what he did and call on him to turn himself in, because the act that he committed will not help anyone. On the contrary, he is destroying himself and he has destroyed everything.”
Rabbi Ben Gal, 29, a father of four children, grew up in Rehovot and was an official teacher at the Bnei Akiva yeshiva in Givat Shmuel. He was acquainted with Rabbi Raziel Shevach, who was murdered a month ago in a shooting attack near Havat Gilad.
Investigations into Monday’s attack indicate that the terrorist arrived at the bus station, a favorite hitchhiking spot, at the entrance to the city of Ariel, stabbed Ben Gal and began running away.
An IDF officer who identified the terrorist pursued him in his car and hit him – but the terrorist managed to enter a vehicle and flee to a nearby village.
According to eyewitnesses, the victim shouted “it’s an attack, he stabbed me” and fell. Eyewitnesses and video footage show that the terrorist surprised Ben Gal from behind and managed to stab him several times through to the chest. Ben Gal then collapsed on the sidewalk and the terrorist fled. Others said Ben Gal managed to bang on the door of a passing bus and shout that he had been stabbed before collapsing.
The terrorist is a resident of Jaffa who has a blue Israeli identity card denoting Israeli citizenship. He once lived in the Shanti House for runaway, homeless youth in Jaffa, benefiting from Israel’s welfare system, but the staff found out that he made a habit of visiting the hostile PA city of Shechem and informed him he would not be able to continue living there if he did not cease doing so. As a result, he decided to leave Shanti House.