The family of a 16-year-old Palestinian who stabbed a sleeping Israeli soldier to death on Wednesday openly celebrated the murder on the Internet.
Hours after Pvt. Eden Atias was killed on a public bus in northern Israel, family members of the terrorist involved got on Facebook and posted his photo along with words of praise for "killing the Zionist soldier," reported Israel's Yediot Ahronot.
At the same time, Ha'aretz reported that the terrorist's father was still maintaining his son's innocence, despite the fact that numerous people had witnessed the murder.
It was later revealed that the young terrorist has two uncles in Israeli prisons, and that the attack was likely an act of revenge. One of the uncles is serving a life sentence for killing two Israelis, and the other is in the middle of a 12-year sentence for attempting to do the same.
According to the Palestinian Authority, killing Jews in the Land of Israel is not a punishable action, and all who have done so must be released from jail if there is ever to be what it calls "peace."
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu countered that it is the kind of ongoing incitement that would cause a 16-year-old child to commit murder that is preventing genuine peace in the region.
"There is continuous incitement around [youngsters] in the Palestinian Authority," Netanyahu said at the Knesset, noting that Wednesday's killer was only "16 – the incitement is in the schools, in the official press controlled by the authorities and in the mosques. If we hope to achieve a true settlement, the incitement must stop."
PHOTO: The family of Pvt. Eden Atias mourns over his coffin.