Palestinian who shot soldier in Jerusalem calls on family to follow in his footsteps in will

In a four-page document, Fadi Abu Shkhaydam who killed Eliyahu Kaye and wounded 4 others, calls for Al Aqsa Mosque to be protected from Jews and for followers to prepare for Jihad; security sources concerned about rise in religiously motivated attacks
Einat Halabi, Elisha Ben Kimon|Updated:
A Palestinian who shot dead an Israeli soldier in Jerusalem earlier this week, in his will called on his family to carry on his legacy and follow in his footsteps.
  • Follow Ynetnews on Facebook and Twitter

  • Fadi Abu Shkhaydam, 42, on Sunday opened fire on passers by and police in the Old City of Jerusalem, murdering a soldier who recently immigrated from South Africa - Eliyahu David Kay - and wounding three others.
    3 View gallery
    זירת הפיגוע
    זירת הפיגוע
    Municipal workers wash away blood at the site of Sunday's terror attack in Jerusalem
    (Photo: AFP)
    Abu Shkhaydam wrote that he had been planning his terror attack for a long time. "I write these words with great joy," he wrote. "I end years of hard work with a meeting with God."
    The four page hand written document laid out the terrorists' extreme beliefs, he also called on his colleagues in the Islamic movement and his students to follow in his footsteps.
    "Be patient," he wrote. "Know that I have chosen this path to please God and to reach heaven. Anyone who is able to sacrifice life for god – is triumphant."
    3 View gallery
    פאדי אבו שחידם נואם במסגד
    פאדי אבו שחידם נואם במסגד
    Fadi Abu Shkhaydam, who carried out Sunday's terror attack in Jerusalem, preaching in a mosque in Jerusalem
    Security forces are concerned that Sunday's attack would inspire others claiming religious extremism is harder to monitor and control and are aware of clear signs that copycat actions and lone attackers inspired by Abu Shkhaydam's actions, were possible.
    "He was well off financially, married and a father of children who held two jobs and was not on the radar of intelligence agencies," sources said. "He was a terrorist motivated by his faith."
    Abu Shkhaydam's wife returned to Israel from Jordan on Monday and was arrested at the Allenby Bridge border crossing.
    His eldest daughter Aya was also arrested and later released, as were his brother and nephew.
    Police are trying to determine how he came into possession of his weapon.
    3 View gallery
    מכתבו האחרון של המחבל
    מכתבו האחרון של המחבל
    The will left by the terrorist who carried out a murderous attack in Jerusalem on Sunday
    According to media reports, Abu Shkhaydam traveled to Turkey several times recently. His son is studying there and he owns property in that country, but security officials will also investigate whether he was enlisted to commit his act to terror by Hamas operatives based there, and if he had received any training in his visits.
    Close associates of Abu Shkhaydam said he had recently been outraged by the fact that Jews were allowed to enter the Muslim sites on Temple Mount.
    In his will he called on residents of Jerusalem to protect the Al Aqsa Mosque and prepare for a Jihad, a holy war.
    First published: 08:07, 11.23.21
    The commenter agrees to the privacy policy of Ynet News and agrees not to submit comments that violate the terms of use, including incitement, libel and expressions that exceed the accepted norms of freedom of speech.