Suspected Murdering Palestinian Terrorists Arrested for Itamar Slaughter


By Jonathan Hoffman
April 18, 2011
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Details on Murderers of Five Members of the Fogel Family
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Office)

Following the 11.3.11 murders of five members of the Fogel family in the Samarian community of Itamar, the ISA, the IDF and the Israel Police began a joint operation to apprehend the murderers. During the operation, dozens of suspects from Awarta – approximately 2 kilometers southwest of Itamar – were detained for questioning. The investigation and intelligence efforts led to the arrest of two young men, residents of Awarta, who confessed to planning and perpetrating the murders, and reconstructed them:

Hakim Maazan Niyad Awad, born in 1993, a minor under Israeli law, was arrested on 5.4.11. A high school student, he is affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). He was involved in the October 2010 stabbing of youths from Awarta; the motive was a personal dispute.

Awad's father, Maazan, is a PFLP terrorist who, in the late 1990's, served approximately five years in a Palestinian Authority prison in connection with the murder of his niece and the burning of her body.

Awad's uncle, Jibril Awad, was a PFLP terrorist who was killed in a December 2003 clash with IDF soldiers. He had been involved in the 20.6.02 terrorist attack in Itamar, in which Rachel Shabo (40) and three of her children (Avishai – 5, Zvika – 13 and Neria – 16), and their neighbor Yosef Twito (31), were murdered.

Amjad Muhammad Fawzi Awad, born in 1992, was arrested on 10.4.11. A student, he is affiliated with the PFLP. He had previously worked as a laborer in Israel.

Hakim and Amjad planned to perpetrate a terrorist attack in Itamar several days before March 11. To this end, they tried to acquire a firearm. They turned to Muhammad Said Awad (now under arrest), a PFLP militant in Awarta, and asked that he procure weapons for them; he did not do so.

On March 11, Hakim and Amjad set out for Itamar, armed with knives and tools to cut the perimeter fence and cover their tracks. They crossed from Awarta to Itamar and climbed/jumped over the fence. Once inside Itamar, they proceeded to approach the first row of houses. They broke into a home adjacent to the Fogel residence but found nobody inside. They stole an M-16, clips and a flak jacket. They exited the home and thereupon burst into the Fogel residence. Having spotted children while still outside, they murdered 11-year-old Yoav and 4-year-old Elad. The assailants thereupon entered the bedroom where the parents, Ruth and Udi, were sleeping with 3-month-old Hadas and murdered all three, following a struggle. Before leaving the house, the murderers stole another M-16.

The murderers returned to Awarta on foot and went to the home of Hakim's uncle, PFLP militant Salah E-Sin Awad, and informed him of what they had done. Salah helped them hide the stolen weapons and knives, burn their bloody clothes. During the investigation, it arose that various members of their families were extensively involved in helping them and were fully aware of what they had done.

After March 11, the murderers returned to their daily routines. Salah gave the stolen weapons to Jihad Abid, a resident of Ramallah, who hid them in his home. The latter was arrested on 14.4.11; the weapons were recovered.

Arrested as accomplices were:

* Salah Aladin Salim Awad – born in 1979, a PFLP militant, Hakim's uncle;

* Hassan Salim Awad – born in 1972, a PFLP militant, Hakim's uncle;

* Maazan Niyaz Awad – born in 1967, a PFLP militant, Hakim's father;

* Jihad Abid – born in 1979, friend of Salah Awad, who hid the stolen weapons for Salah; and

* Muhammad Said Awad – born in 1984, a PFLP militant, whom Hakim and Amjad asked to provide them with a weapon.

The investigation is ongoing.

COMMENTS

Lukas

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 14:35

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I wonder if they will get a fair hearing / trial.

This from the FCO:

Children in Silwan are detained and interrogated by the Israeli authorities on an almost weekly basis. But unlike in the West Bank where children are subject to Israeli military justice, this occurs under the Israeli civil system. War Child, the human rights NGO, states that many of these arrests occur during night raids, which often result in children being taken from their beds, handcuffed and blindfolded.

Israeli NGOs report that the police have detained children under 12 (the age of criminal responsibility) and in one case last year, a child of eight was taken from his bed during the night for questioning because he had the same name as another child suspected of stone throwing. According to the Research and Documentation Unit at the Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights (JCSER), Israeli soldiers and police officers have detained more than 80 Palestinian children in Occupied East Jerusalem since the beginning of 2011. According to NGOs, a high proportion of these children reported that they were subject to abuse during their detention. In addition, many of the children detained are reportedly questioned in the absence of a parent or legal guardian. The UK is supporting the work of Defence for the Child International in promoting and protecting the rights of children to reduce the number directly and indirectly affected by the Israel/Palestine conflict.


Leah

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 15:07

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Ah, just the usual demented Jew-hating bile from Lukas. Same old, same old.


Lukas

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 15:14

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I didn't write it I just quoted it, the UK FCO wrote it.


Leah

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 15:55

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Oh yes, the notoriously Jew-loving FCO, headed by an idiot who 'thinks' the settlements are 'illegal' and staffed by terribly, terribly even-handed old boys, don't you know.


Skovronek2

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 17:07

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Yes, there can be no doubt it has been a very thorough investigation.

In western democracies, no matter how horrific the crime,the police are required, by law, but more importantly, by the norms of the society,to investigate it in a civilised manner.

The people of Awarta have been subject to what can only be described as an onslaught of terror. Every night since the killings the IOF have descended on the village, pumping tear gas and sound bombs into homes and arresting 60 people per night on a rota. Not just men of " terrorism age " but also favouring young girls. One 16 year old girl " disappeared" for a whole week.

One eye witness to the " investigation " whose name begins with an L,said they have never in their life been to such a desperate, traumatised place.

It seems the investigation was calculated to kill more than one bird with one stone. As well as an investigation it seems it was an opportunity for the Israelis to exercise their wholly illegal penchant for collective punishment.

Oh the joys of western style democracy.


Leah

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 17:55

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Anyone who uses the phrase 'IOF' has allied himself with the antisemites, and has nil moral authority to preach about anything. Take your poison somewhere else.


amber

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 14:58

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Lukas is a Jew hater. He has expressed support for the antisemitic terror group Hamas on these very blogs. His presence here is an outrage.


Watchful Iris (not verified)

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 16:02

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Leah, I guess Amber is your evil twin?


amber

Wed, 04/20/2011 - 10:27

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Iris, say something of substance. Try - just once.


Watchful Iris (not verified)

Thu, 04/21/2011 - 15:17

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That was substantive, Amber. You're the only one who didn't get it.

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