In October 2018, Ashraf Naalwa, a 23-year-old Arab, murdered two Israelis in a terrorist attack at the Barkan Industrial Zone. After a month-long hunt, he was shot dead by a Border Police counter-terrorism unit in an apartment in Nablus, northern Samaria, where he had been hiding after he resisted arrest and fired on the Israel forces.
Honenu, an Israeli Zionist legal aid organization, has represented the families of the victims against the terrorist’s accomplices. The purpose of the legal battle, other than bringing those evolved in the terror attack to justice, is to deter further terror.
Kim Levengrond-Yehezkel’s father was in court last week to testify against the shooter’s brother and explained why they are going after those who aided the terrorist.
The defendant is being tried of not preventing his brother’s possession of illegal weapons and for obstruction of justice.
“A terrorist was on his way to commit an act of terror and changed his mind because he heard what’s happening to the Barkan shooter’s family. I suggest the court think twice about what punishment is right for the defendant, so as to prevent the murder of Jews who are being murdered just for being Jews,” he stated.
Attorney Chaim Bleicher of the Honenu organization stated that “the court has found that the shooter’s brother knew about the fact that his brother was carrying an illegal weapon and was practicing shooting with it. He [the brother] also knew that the terrorist warned the family that the IDF was about to search the home. Additionally, He attempted to delete footage from the home that filmed the terrorist’s presence after the shooting, in order to prevent the arrest of the shooter and his accomplices.”
The judge said a verdict would be given at a later date.