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Murderers of Fogel Family Caught and Named

The military censor lifted the publication ban and now it can safely be revealed that the killers were Amjad Awad 19, and Hakim Awad 18. The two suspects were from the village of Awarta, adjacent to Itamar where the Fogel family lived. The arrests were made possible because the parents struggled with the killers prior to being murdered and thus much DNA evidence was left behind. During the course of the investigation, over 100 DNA samples were taken from residents of Awarta.

Hakim’s father Maazan was active in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and served 5 years in a Palestine Authority jail for murdering and burning the body of a female cousin. Hakim’s uncle, Jibril, a PFLP member died in a firefight with the IDF 8 years ago. In 2002 he transported a terrorist to Itamar in an attack that saw the wife and three children of Itamar security officer Boaz Shevo shot dead in their home. Amjad, 19, is a student who has worked in Israel. Both had been planning the attack for several days and tried, but failed, to obtain weapons from PFLP activists. The suspects, members of the same clan showed security forces on Thursday how they snuck into Itamar.

They first broke into an empty house looking for weapons and found a flak jacket, a helmet, a cartridge of bullets and an M-16. They then went to the Fogel house and immediately stabbed Yoav and Elad. They then struggled with and killed the parents. Then, they left the house but returned for Ehud Fogel’s M-16. That’s when they heard the baby Hadas crying and slit her throat. The unrepentant killers told investigators that had they known that there were two other children in the house they would have killed them too. Upon their return to Awarta, a cousin helped them dispose of their bloody clothing and an Uncle went to Ramallah to sell the stolen weapons. The weapons were later recovered at a family member’s home by the IDF. The IDF claims that 6 family members tried to help them cover up the crime.

Some of the suspected accomplices are as follows (as per the Jerusalem Post):

Salah Aladin Salim Awad, 31, of Awarta, is a PFLP member and Hakim’s uncle. He is suspected of aiding and abetting the suspects in covering their tracks after the murders, telling them to burn their blood-soaked clothes, and sending the firearms they stole from Itamar to a friend in Ramallah… Jad Avid, 31, of Ramallah, is suspected of hiding the firearms after receiving them from Salah. He was arrested in his home and the firearms were seized by the IDF… Maazan Niad Awad, 43, of Awarta, is Hakim’s father and a PFLP member… Mahmed Saeed Awad, 26, is a PFLP member in Awarta who the suspects turned to with a request to procure firearms ahead of the Itamar attacks.

The Awad clan is the main clan of Awarta. Both the village chief and his deputy are members. However, this heinous crime seems like it was carried out without the implicit help or approval of any Palestinian group. Not that that helps the Fogel family much. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

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6 Comments

  1. themiddle

    4/17/2011 at 12:10 pm

    Haaretz has called them “teens” as if they’re children.

    972 mag’s Joseph Dana has focused on the fact the story was released by a right wing news outlet before mainstream newspapers.

    Richard Silverstein knew about this days ago.

    The pro-Palestinian Left is insane.

    • t f

      4/17/2011 at 4:39 pm

      @themiddle I saw a report a few days ago that they did a crime scene re-enactment. Anyone that understands the way Israeli police do a re-enactment can read between the lines and could understand that suspects were in custody. That was certainly the first thought that crossed my mind when I read it.

      Josef Dana is not a useful source of information. He has been one of those ‘suggesting’ it was a ‘Thai worker’ and that Israel was just exploiting the murders to smear the good name of the Palestinians and harass the poor residents of Awarta…

      The pro-Palestinian Left is not insane, they just hate Jews for once again rejecting the latest messiah and counter revolutionary activities.

      • Cantor

        5/13/2011 at 3:59 pm

        You do realize that Palestinians are terrorized on a daily basis by the settlers in the West Bank right? the pro-Palestinian left do not hate jews at all. I bet you ignored the fact that settlers from Itamar invaded Awarta and other villages all over the west bank where arab children and babies were kidnapped in the days following this isolated and heinous attack on the Fogel family. No news reports about that of course, no mention of the decimation of the Palestinian economy due to Settler interference. But Arab lives are forfeit at birth in the minds of ardent defenders of Israel, human rights exist for the protection of jews and jews alone. No one else deserves any sort of protection…

        • themiddle

          5/13/2011 at 7:16 pm

          You do realize that Palestinians are terrorized on a daily basis by the settlers in the West Bank right?

          Bullshit.

          the pro-Palestinian left do not hate jews at all.

          Depends which. Many do. Many couch their hatred by using terms such as “anti-Zionist.” I encourage you to read how Rabbi Lerner from Tikkun Magazine was denied a podium spot by ANSWER back in the days of the Iraq War protests.

          I bet you ignored the fact that settlers from Itamar invaded Awarta and other villages all over the west bank where arab children and babies were kidnapped in the days following this isolated and heinous attack on the Fogel family.

          Bullshit. The army was there and settlers were certainly not. Arab children and babies were most certainly not kidnapped.

          No news reports about that of course

          That’s because it’s about as true as Martians landing on Earth.

          , no mention of the decimation of the Palestinian economy due to Settler interference.

          Um, I hate to break this to you but a significant portion of the Judea and Samaria (what you call the West Bank thanks to some Jordanian brainwashing) economy depends upon Palestinian labor inside and for settlers and settlements. As for the Palestinian economy, it has been growing at an average of about 10% a year for the past couple of years – faster than Israel’s economy and about 5 times faster than the US economy. It’s so decimated they’ve decided to declare a state in September and the IMF has declared their economy ready.

          But Arab lives are forfeit at birth in the minds of ardent defenders of Israel, human rights exist for the protection of jews and jews alone. No one else deserves any sort of protection…

          Up until now, you showed you were ignorant. With this statement, you’ve shown you’re actually a moron or a liar or both.

          Have a great day.

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