HALAMISH, West Bank — 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 some on the Palestinian side — and 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.
The gruesome attack was part of an 11-day surge in violence in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the capital of Jordan that left 15 dead.
It may or may not be over.
Early Tuesday, in an abrupt reversal, Israeli security forces began removing the metal detectors that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had ordered placed at the entrances to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City.
The scanners enraged Palestinians, who said…