The IDF arrested two Palestinians for the Fogel family massacre. Turns out that Netanyahu was right: It was the culture of hatred that turned these children into murderers.
The first suspect is Hakim Mazen Awad, 18, a high school student whose father was active in the Popular Front terror organization. Awad has a prison record. His uncle, who was killed in clashes with IDF forces in 2003, was involved in a June 2002 terror attack in Itamar, which left five dead.
The second suspect, Amjad Mahmad Awad, 19, also a student, is affiliated with the Popular Front.
The two suspects confessed to their involvement in the murders, and said that they sought to carry out a terror attack in order to kill Israelis. They expressed no regret over the murders.
They were aided by at least five other members of their families, who helped hide them after the attack. So far, I haven’t seen the protestations of innocence that usually follows, possibly because there’s no denying that the family is part of the PFLP.
The heinous deed done, the two, who are not related, returned to their village on foot and appealed to Hakim’s uncle, Salah Awad, also a Popular Front militant, for assistance, giving him a detailed report of the attack they had carried out.
Salah Awad helped them conceal their weapons and bloodstained clothes, and later, he transferred the stolen weapons to a Ramallah resident, for hiding. The latter was arrested after the weapons were discovered in his possession.
The demonization of Israelis by the Palestinian media, by the Palestinian schools, and by the constant barrage of anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian propaganda by organizations like the ISM are the reason two young men could murder a three-month-old infant in cold blood, without remorse. Read this, and tell me you can’t see the similarity between the words and deeds of the Awads, and the words and deeds of the Nazis during the Holocaust.
Before fleeing the scene, the two stole an additional gun from the Fogel home. When they had already left the house and saw a patrol car outside, they feared they would be captured. At that point, Amjad insisted on going back into the house and searching for additional weapons. Unfortunately, this was when the Fogel’s baby girl started crying. Fearing it would attract attention, the two murdered her, as well.
As for the two surviving children, the murderers said they hadn’t noticed them. Had they found the two, both said, they would not have hesitated to kill them, as well.
Israel needs a death penalty for terrorists. These men are now going to become bargaining chips in the negotiations for Gilad Shalit, which Ismail Haniyeh only yesterday said he would never compromise on. Which means he wants the release of Palestinians responsible for the murder of dozens of Israeli civilians. I’m sure Haniyeh will include the Awads in the future.
Sources familiar with the investigation said the two offered a dispassionate account of the attack, and “a chilling reenactment.” Shin Bet officers described it as one of the most “shocking, cold, remorseless and detailed description,” they had ever come across.
Amjad noted that he went to Itamar to “die a martyr’s death”, which strengthened his willingness to carry out an act of terrorism. During their interrogation the two suspects made no distinction between the murder of the parents and the children, describing it simply as an act against five Jewish Israelis.
Sociopaths, made that way by the virulently anti-Israel Palestinians and their enablers in the world community. And by “enablers in the world community” I mean the EU and the idiots in the U.S. who refuse to make the Palestinians live up to reality by understanding that there will be no “right of return,” that they will not get 100% of the 1949 Armistice line, and that Israel is here to stay, forever, as a Jewish state.
These murders are on their heads as well.
The AP news story on this is actually balanced for a change. They even name the Israeli spokesman they quote.