The families of the two terrorists who confessed to murdering five members of the Fogel family refuse to believe the two committed the massacre. Hakim Awad’s mother, Nawef, claimed that her son was at home the night of the murder and never left the house. “Five months ago Hakim underwent a surgery in his stomach and I’m sure he was tortured and forced into confessing.”
Of course, because everyone who undergoes stomach surgery then is tortured into confessing to a brutal mass murder.
The mother claimed that Israel was trying to cover up for crimes it committed in Awarta last month and noted that their home in the village was very far from the settlement of Itamar.
Oh, it was too far to walk. I see. Let him go, IDF. You got the wrong guy.
The other guy is innocent, too. Why? Because it took so darned long!
He claimed that had the two been guilty, Israel would have captured them long ago. “Why weren’t the culprits’ identities revealed in the first days after the murder? The whole world knows about Israel’s advanced investigation abilities and its use of sophisticated means,” he said.
This case is a slam-dunk. The IDF took DNA samples at the crime scene, which is why they were taking mouth swabs of the men in the village. DNA evidence, when treated properly, does not lie. Palestinians, however, do.
The family members of the second suspect, Amjad Awad, also deny any connection to the massacre. They are claiming Amjad was in the village at the time of the murder. “The Israeli narrative is filled with lies and is a distortion of the truth,” one family member claimed. He also asserted that the two suspects are not friends. “One went to university, the other is in high school.”
That’s funny. They’re cousins. (And they’re only a year apart.)
This Reuters story is riddled with errors and contradictions. It calls the murderers “brothers.” First, it quotes an Israeli officer says the murders weren’t premeditated, then it quotes Mickey Rosenfeld as saying the murders were planned. If an IDF officer said that on a conference call, Israel’s PR is even worse than we already thought.