Terrorist’s Mother Convicted of Not Trying to Stop Him

YERUSHALAYIM -

The mother of the Palestinian terrorist who murdered two Israelis at the Barkan Industrial Park in the Shomron in October was convicted on Thursday of not acting to prevent the attack.

Despite foreknowledge of her son’s murderous plan, Wafa Na’alowa, the Shomron Military Court ruled, failed to inform the authorities

She knew her son was training with firearms for a terror attack against Israelis, and two weeks before the killings, even told her he had decided to become a “martyr,” information she shared with other family members, but made no attempt to stop him.

Ashraf Na’alowa, an electrician who worked at a factory in the industrial park, shot and killed two co-workers, Kim Levengrond Yehezkel Hy”d, 29, and Ziv Hajbi Hy”d, 35, in the attack. Another Israeli woman was injured.

The defendant claimed that she had informed her husband, but Judge Dalia Kaufman ruled that it was insufficient to acquit her:

“The actions of the defendant who warned her son and reported to the father did not have the real strength to prevent those who were threatened to lose their lives, an attack on Israelis, or the use of a weapon in order to carry out his plot. Moreover, the defendant did not ask the father to take the son’s weapon or report it, and did not check with him what he had done about it … She did not act in a reasonable manner to prevent the execution of her son’s plot, and therefore must be convicted of the offense,” the judge wrote.

In addition, she noted that “the mother’s testimony was tendentious, and her recounting of the events changed repeatedly.”

Her sentencing hearing was set for May 25.