After the murder of three members of the  Salamon family at their Sabbath table on Friday night, July  21st,  analyst Dr. Aaron Lerner   wrote that the murderer made a calculated financial investment.  In Dr. Lerner’s words.  “19-year-old Omar al-Abed secured his financial future by murdering 3 Israelis Friday night… Al-Abed will no doubt be sentenced to multiple life sentences as punishment for his crime,  thus qualifying him for the same level of income as a senior officer in the Palestinian security services”

Since  Omar al-Abed murdered  three Israelis, his triple  murder fee from the Palestinian Authority  comes to $3,000 a month,  for the rest of his life.

All this begs the question:  Why should the government of  Israel allow the Palestinian Authority, nurtured by Israel, to provide a financial award to a someone murders three Israeli citizens?

Indeed, the Israeli government now conducts sensitive negotiations with the Palestinian Authority and will not interfere with the PA murder compensation process. Therefore,  a second question needs to be asked: Why not encourage the Salamon family to sue  Omar al-Abed for his assets, especially for his monthly murder prize?  And since the parents of Omar al-Abed endorsed the murders, and sicne they will also receive gratuities from the Palestinian Authority for the murders committed by their son, why not garnish the assets of the parents of the murderer, who spent the week on the airwaves of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation, praising their son’s  acts of murder?

After all,  an indictment was filed Thursday at the military court in Judea against the mother of the terrorist who committed the massacre in Halamish. , The mother of the terrorist, Ibtisam al-Abed, was indicted for praising her son’s act of murder in an interview on PBC TV the next day.

The precedent of suing Omar al-Abed for his assets  can now be used with the victims of  9200 released murder and attempted murder convicts, who live on the award money that  PA gives them each month because they  murdered or maimed Jews.

These  convicts are not protected against civil suits by their victims.

Therefore, the time has come for families of all victims of all Arab murder attacks to sue their assailants and attach their assets. ​​Since the Israeli military law allows the IDF to demolish the home of a murderer, why not allow the demolition of the bank account of that killer? And why not force  every convict to hand over his PA murder incentive award to the families of those whom he murdered or maimed.

These murderers would be forced to endure a long  legal process against them, and a severe loss of income.  And  justice would be served.



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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.


  1. It is rather surprising that this tack has not been taken previously. If the convict committed the act in the jurisdiction of the Israeli courts, this should become standard practice. Further, to the extent that Israel has a statute of limitations (most countries do not for murder), all those families who have lost family members to such acts should bring actions for damages. This is identical to the Goldman family civil suit in California which was brought against O.J. Simpson and resulted in a $30 million judgment. No one should be able profit committing a crime in any country.

  2. This is undoubtedly an idea worth trying to implement. However, its one glaring weakness is that the families of victims would have the added emotionally ordeal of taking this through court themselves following the tragic loss of their loved ones. The potentially long legal process would surely be excruciating for the innocent families who have already suffered more than enough. However, if Israel were to create a government department or an arm of the judiciary (even based on military law) to advocate on these matters through the civil courts it would serve not only to bring justice to the victims of terrorism, it would send the long overdue message to any potential terrorist and those who incite them to violence that their acts would not be financially rewarding, quite the reverse.


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