Unlike the previous attack, in which the relatives of the suspect denied any connection to terror, the family of Ibrahim al-Akari has shown no desire to claim that Wednesday’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem was a mere traffic accident. To the contrary: they expressed pride in his heinous act.
In a conversation with Ynet, the terrorist’s 16-year-old son, Hamza, said he looked up to his father’s acts. “I’m proud of my father. I’m not sad that he died a martyr.” The police agreed for the family to bury al-Akari at midnight in the presence of up to 35 people.
The terrorist’s brother is Musa al-Akari, a prisoner released in the Shalit deal and deported to Turkey. He was a member of the Hamas cell that murdered border police officer Nissim Toledano in 1992.
Al-Akari, 38, a father of five from the Shuafat refugee camp, arrived at the Light Rail station in the afternoon and ran over anyone who crossed his path. He was shot to death by a border police team that was on site after he exited the vehicle and attempted to attack passersby. Hamas has taken responsibility for the attack.
Son Hamza added, “My last conversation with him was about school. He told me, ‘be very attentive to school’. Today at school, a group of teachers called for me and asked me to go home. They told me that my family wanted me urgently. When I arrived home, I heard about the incident and was very happy. What’s happening at al-Aqsa is something that no one can find acceptable.”