Just a few hours before he walked to the Jewish settlement, before he climbed over the security fence and knocked politely on the front door of the Salomon family home, Omar al-Abed posted his last will and testament on his Facebook page.
“All I have is a sharpened knife,” he wrote last week, “and it answers the call of al-Aqsa.”
The young Palestinian, who was majoring in business administration in college, rambled on in his social media posts in badly written Arabic. He wore a clean white shirt and pressed jeans, and carried a large knife to the murder scene.
He vowed to die a glorious martyr’s death and left instructions for his imagined burial rites. He thumped his chest as a true “Son of Palestine.” He ranted against the haters — as he called Jews “pigs and monkeys.”
Abed stabbed three members of the Salomon family to death Friday night in the Jewish settlement of Halamish, as they began to lay the table with food and drink, with sweets and whiskeys, to celebrate the birth of the newest grandson.
First responders described the scene as horrific, with the victims suffering from multiple, frenzied stabs, including the household’s 70-year-old patriarch.
Abed was shot and lightly wounded by an off-duty soldier from a nearby house. He is being held by Israeli authorities.