Apr 17 2011
IDF arrests two teenage Arab Muslims for the March 11th slaughter of the Fogel family in the northern Samaria Jewish community of Itamar
An IDF army spokesman has confirmed that 18-year-old Hakem Awwad and 19-year-old Amjad Awwad confessed to the murders of Udi and Ruth Fogel and three of their young children. The two suspects confessed and said they sought to carry out a terror attack in order to kill Israelis. They expressed no regrets over the murders, rather jubilation.
ISRAEL TODAY —Reenacting the murder, the young suspects told security officials that they infiltrated Itamar at around 9 PM armed with knives. They proceeded to enter a home that was empty and stole an M-16 rifle that they found there.
The killers then broke into the Fogel home, found the bedrooms of 11-year-old Yoav Fogel and 4-year-old Elad Fogel and stabbed them to death. They then entered the parents’ bedroom, where they struggled with and overcome Udi and Ruth Fogel.
After exiting the house, Amjad told officials that he could not resist the urge to go back in and kill 3-month-old Hadas Fogel, who was left crying amidst her parents’ blood. Amjad also said that had he known there were two other children sleeping in the house, he would have killed them, too.
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.
Following the attack, the youths returned to their nearby village and informed various family members of their villainous deed. An uncle helped hide the knives, burn the bloody clothes and get rid of the M-16 rifle they had stolen. Other family members helped cover up the murder in other ways.
Security officials believe the Awwad boys acted on their own volition, and were not following the orders of an established terrorist organization, though they were widely praised by such organizations.
Israel has been facing an increasing phenomenon of young Arabs engaging not only in stone throwing, but cold-blooded murder. Security officials and Israeli lawmakers have attributed the trend to poor parenting, to put it lightly, and have noted that Palestinian parents are more often than not ready to help their children cover up such crimes, rather than discipline them.
It is also important to note that Palestinian society views the killers of Israeli Jews, and especially Israeli “settlers,” as national heroes, increasing the motivation to engage in such violence.
YNET NEWS -Following Sunday’s revelations with regards to the arrest of two Palestinians from the village of Awarta for the murder of the Fogel family in the Itamar massacre last March, villagers in Awarta, the village adjacent to the settlement of Itamar, were stunned to discover that two teens, Hakim Mazen Awad (18) and Amjad Mohammad Awad (19) are the main murder suspects.
Many in the village refuse to believe the investigation conclusions including the village council chief Kais Awad. “I have major doubts over the Israeli findings and demand an international inquiry. They’re children, it isn’t possible that they committed this awful act,” he said.