Fogel Family Murderers Arrested

Palestinian Teens Don't Regret Murdering Children

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Two teenage Palestinians from the village of Awarta near Itamar have been arrested for the murder of five members of the Fogel family on March 11, in a murder that shocked even many Palestinians.

Palestinian students Amjad Awad, 19, and Hakim Awad 18 (not related to each other) both confessed  to the  brutal stabbings of Ehud and Ruth Fogel, along with three of their children, Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and Hadas, 3 months old (who was decapitated by some accounts.)

Both Awads were active in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and reconstructed the crime for Israeli Shin Bet investigators.

According to Ha'aretz, the two acted independently of any terrorist oorganization and decided they would carry out the murder on the Friday afternoon before it took place. The two left Awarta, masked, at 9 p.m. carrying an umbrella, several knives and wire cutting shears.

It took them about 10 minutes to cut the fence to the settlement, and once inside they broke into an empty home and stole an M-16 rifle, a weapons cartridge, a vest and a helmet.

Outside the Fogel family home, they noticed Yoav and Elad, aged 11 and 4, through the window. They then entered the home and stabbed the two boys. They next  entered the room of Ehud and Ruth, the parents, who struggled but were overcome by their attackers who shot and stabbed them. The suspects immeidately fled out of fear that the shots had been heard.

After a few minutes, the two realized that the gunshots had not been heard. Amjad Awad re-entered the home in order to steal another M-16, when he noticed the three-month-old baby and slaughtered her as well. It is unclear whether they noticed sons Roi, 8, and Yishai, 2, but in any case their lives were spared.

 The murderers returned to their village of Awarta where they told Hakim's uncle, PFLP militant Salah E-Sin Awad, what they had done.  Salah helped them hide the stolen weapons and knives as well as burn their bloody clothes.  

Their arrest was facilitated by DNA evidence left behind due to the struggle with the parents.

According to the Shin Bet, Hakim and Amjad "described what they did with self-control and did not express regret over their actions at any stage of the investigation." They did not distinguish between the murder of adults and children but simply viewed their attack as an act against Jewish Israelis.

Amjad Mahmad Uwad, who worked as a laborer in Israel, said that he came to Itamar to "die a martyr's death."

The other suspect, Hakim Mazen Uwad, is a high school student. He has previously run afoul of the law for stabbing other youths in his village over personal matters. His father Maazan  is also a member of the PFLP. In the late 1990's he served five years in a Palestinian Authority prison for murdering his niece and the burning of her body.

Awad's uncle, Jibril Awad, was involved in the June 2002 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.

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