Military prosecutors have indicted the mother and brother of a Palestinian terrorist for failing to prevent an attack in which he shot to death two Israelis in the West Bank last month.
Ashraf Na’alowa, 23, killed his coworkers Kim Levengrond Yehezkel and Ziv Hajbi on October 7 at a factory in the Barkan Industrial Zone. A third Israeli was injured in the attack.
Na’alowa, from the West Bank village of Shuweika, has been on the run since then and Israeli security forces have detained or arrested a number of his relatives and alleged accomplices as they try to track him down.
The indictment filed at the Samaria Military Court on Thursday and publicized Friday morning, alleges Na’alowa’s mother was aware he owned a gun and was training with it and that he told her two weeks before the shooting he wished to carry out an attack and die as a “martyr.”
She also informed Na’alowa’s brother of his intentions but the two took no steps to stop him, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.
The brother was also indicted on one charge of obstructing justice for allegedly trying to conceal a recording device for security cameras at their home.
Military prosecutors requested the two be held in custody until the end of the legal proceedings.
Following the attack, the IDF swiftly issued a demolition order for Na’alowa’s home, in keeping with the Israeli policy of razing homes of convicted Palestinian terrorists.
The High Court of Justice issued a temporary injunction last month preventing the demolition following an appeal from Na’alowa’s family.
In most cases, demolition orders are issued after a suspect has confessed, or has been convicted in court. However in Na’alowa’s case, the IDF decided to go ahead with the punitive measure because the Shin Bet security service has significant incriminating evidence against him, the Ynet news site reported.
A notice distributed by IDF Central Command, Maj. Gen. Nadav Padan said the basement and ground floors of Na’alowa’s home, where the suspected assailant lived, would be destroyed.
The families of the victims have demanded more severe reprisal measures from Israel against Na’alowa and his family.
At a memorial rally held at the Barkan complex last week, Levengrond Yehezkel’s father, Rafi, said the family demanded that Na’alowa be put to death if caught.
Hajbi’s brother Tal criticized the IDF for the decision to demolish only the basement and ground floors of the Na’alowa home.
“A partial demolition of the terrorist’s home is unacceptable. The whole home must be razed,” Hajbi said, “and the family must be expelled.”
The military has launched an investigation of the Barkan attack to determine, among other things, how the gun was smuggled into the industrial park and whether the terrorist had intended to take Levengrond Yehezkel hostage, having used zip-ties to bind her hands before shooting her.
Levengrond was a secretary while Hajbi worked in accounting at the Alon Group’s factory in the industrial park. Na’alowa was employed there as an electrician.