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Father of convicted terrorist indicted for threatening victim’s father in court

Odeh Abu Jaudah, whose son killed IDF soldier Ron Kokia in 2017, accused of intimidating Kokia’s father by saying, ‘We know where you live’

Screen capture from video of Khaled Abu Jaudah, whose son was convicted of killing an IDF solider in an terror attack, accosting the father of the victim at the Beersheba District Court, April 27, 2022. (Channel 12 News)
Screen capture from video of Khaled Abu Jaudah, whose son was convicted of killing an IDF solider in an terror attack, accosting the father of the victim at the Beersheba District Court, April 27, 2022. (Channel 12 News)

The father of a convicted terrorist murderer who threatened the bereaved father of his son’s victim in court last week was indicted on Monday, police said.

Odeh Abu Jaudah, whose son Khaled Aby Jaudah was convicted of stabbing IDF soldier Ron Kokia to death in 2017, clashed with Kokia’s father, Boaz Kokia, at the Beersheba District Court last Wednesday.

According to the indictment, a verbal confrontation developed between the elder Abu Jaudah and Boaz Kokia, during which Abu Jaudah threatened Kokia by saying: “We know where you live” with the purpose of “intimidating” the bereaved father.

Security guards were forced to intervene and separate Abu Jaudah and Kokia, the indictment said.

The incident took place after a court hearing for Abu Jaudah, a resident of an unrecognized Bedouin village, who is facing charges tied to his son’s attack, but is not accused of involvement in the murder.

Kokia, who attended the hearing together with representatives of Im Tirzu, a right-wing advocacy group, called Abu Jaudah a murderer, which led to the verbal altercation.

“We know where you live, let’s take this outside,” Abu Jaudah shouted back at Kokia, according to a Channel 12 news report. “You are murderers, you are shit.”

Following the incident, Kokia called on the court to severely punish Abu Jaudah. The illegal presence of Palestinians who do not have permits to be in Israel is what leads to terror attacks, he said, and pointed to the recent deadly assaults in Bnei Brak and Tel Aviv, both committed by Palestinians who entered Israel illegally.

Police detained Abu Jaudah and his brother for questioning later that day.

Abu Jaudah is accused of twice helping the terrorist’s mother illegally enter Israel before and after the stabbing attack, including after she had already been caught without a permit and expelled in the wake of the murder. His relationship with the woman was not clear from the Channel 12 report, but Kokia has in the past accused Abu Jaudah of polygamy, according to media.

Kokia and Abu Jaudah have clashed at the courthouse in the past.

In February 2020, Abu Jaudah and his family condemned the killing carried out by his own son and begged forgiveness for the act.

Ron Yitzhak Kokia, an IDF soldier who was stabbed to death in a terror attack on November 30, 2017. (Israel Defense Forces)

A year later, the Ynet news site reported that Kokia pressured prosecutors to drop a plea deal with stabber Khaled Abu Jaudah’s half-brother Zahi, who the Shin Bet said acted as an accomplice and assisted him after the attack. Zahi has been indicted for attempted murder, possession of a knife, and obstruction of justice, among other charges.

Kokia has called for the death penalty for both Khaled and Zahi Abu Jaudah. Though not an option for the court, some right-wing politicians have in recent years called for legally instituting a death penalty for attackers.

The Shin Bet said Khaled Abu Jaudah, from an unrecognized Bedouin village in southern Israel, fatally stabbed Kokia, a sergeant in the IDF’s Nahal Infantry Brigade, while the serviceman waited at a bus stop on November 30, 2017. He was convicted in 2019 of first-degree murder.

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