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WEST BANK: Palestinians who confessed to killing family are resigned to fate, lawyer says

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

Nobody seems to know what was going through the heads of Amjad Awad, 19, and a distant cousin, Hakim Awad, 18, when they broke into the Jewish settlement of Itamar near their village in the northern West Bank in March and killed a family of five people, including three children.

A relative of Hakim's expressed disbelief, saying the two were just kids. The two, who confessed to the killings to the Israeli army shortly after their arrest in mid-April, have not been allowed any visits by family members.

"They said they have done it and they are not going to plead innocent or claim they made their confession under duress,” their attorney, Faris Abu Hasan, said. “I do not know what kind of state of mind they were in when they confessed.”

The two Palestinians, residents of Awarta, cooperated with their interrogators and gave them full and explicit details of how they had accomplished the killings, officials said.

Israeli military law applied in the occupied West Bank allows the army to arrest a Palestinian resident of the West Bank and hold the person for as many as 90 days without being officially charged. Family members are not allowed to visit during this time and neither are attorneys, unless, as in the Awads’ case, the suspects have confessed and the interrogation has ended.

Abu Hasan, who has met his clients only once since their arrest, believes the Awads are resigned to their fate. He says once the case comes to court, which may be soon, the pair will plead guilty. He said he thinks they didn’t believe they would make it into the heavily fortified settlement of Itamar, where they attacked the Fogel family, let alone manage to get back out.

Once the prosecutor presents the list of charges to the military court, which will convene May 27 in a northern West Bank military base, the trial date will be set. Hasan said it would likely take just one court session for the judge to pass sentence because the Awads plan to plead guilty.

An Israeli military judge Tuesday gave the army prosecutor 10 days to present the charge list against the youths.

“I do not think I will have a case in court,” Abu Hasan said. “It seems that it is already decided.”

— Maher Abukhater in Ramallah, West Bank

[For the Record, 6 p.m. May 18: An earlier version of this report stated that the attack in the Itamar settlement took place in February. It happened in March.]

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Tis surely a sad statement to know that from birth, these children are taught to hate by the government, their family, and by their local Mosque's Imams: Hamas, Fatah, etc... are just a little part of the problem since even the little children are taught from birth via the media, TV, and propaganda movies to hate all non Muslims, but especially to hate the Jews; dictates from the time of Mohammad. No discussions nor negotiations will solve this problem since even the Koran teaches them to hate all Non Muslims. One can only wonder, if Mohammad's scribes didn't pen down the 9th Surah, would we be in this mess? Surely, the Jews would still be prosecuted just for being a Jew.

@ Jane

Do you think the 1400 people killed in Gaza 2008/2009, or the 1000 killed in Lebanon in 2006, all by Israel, are also deserving of your sympathy?

Posted by: Yonatan | May 19, 2011 at 05:02 AM asks:

"And the murderer of the Oshrenko family (including a child and infant) was also raised with hate?"

well, it's a possibility. Per http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/fired-waiter-confesses-to-brutal-murder-of-all-six-members-of-oshrenko-family-1.4914

"Police say that the man, Damian Karlik, 38, who was arrested with his wife, parents and two other female relatives, killed the two children of the Oshrenko family out of hatred for their father, Dmitry, whom he never forgave for firing him from the restaurant."

it's doesn't say he was "raised with hate", only that he acted "out of hatred". And that's just the statement of the police, not of the accused. So it's a bit grey.

I would be a bit cautious in ascribing motives to anyone about anything, really. It's entirely possible that Amjad and Hakim acted out of love, or charity, or pride, or envy, or any of the graces or vices to which people are subject.

But does it really matter why they acted? The point is, they have confessed to the brutal murders of two adults and three small children.

and Posted by: Jim Healy | May 19, 2011 at 12:43 AM asks:

" If they were raised with hate, could it have anything to do with the dispossession by Israel of Palestinian land and their expulsion?"

Would that excuse them in your eyes? Would that make their acts less abominable?


fred | May 19, 2011 at 07:16 AM says:

"But only God bears witness to what these kids may have been through in their young lives to be able to do such things, if they indeed did it."

Sure, they are the real victims here. Poor kids. How they must have suffered, to be driven to commit such a dreadful deed.

Fred, you have such an open, sympathetic heart. I know you feel bad for all the mistreated people in the world. Except for Udi Fogel, age 36; Ruth Fogel, age 35; Yoav, age 11; Elad, age 4; and three months old Hadas. I'm sure it was just an oversight on your part, that you neglected any mention of them in your comments. I'm sure you feel bad for them too. Just not as bad as you feel for "Amjad Awad, 19, and a distant cousin, Hakim Awad, 18", "who confessed to the killings."

I just noticed - 19 and 18 - but you call them "kids." Aren't they responsible adults? No, they are the real victims. The two adults and three children (really children, ages 11, 4 and 3 months) are just... what? Nothing?

Let us all know how you feel, Fred. That's the first step toward fixing the problem.


Stefano888 | May 18, 2011 at 03:28 PM says:

"If they really did do this terrible act, then they deserve to get what is coming to them. But their coerced confessions mean nothing. Such was expected even before they or anyone else were arrested. Still, do not rule out an inside job by a settler or an unpaid immigrant worker."

Can't rule out the possibility that Stefano888 did it. Or those shape-shifting lizard people from outer space, either. Or maybe the international Zionist conspiracy.

What prompts you to make this observation, Stefano888? Do you think the murder of this family of Israeli Jews is more likely to be "an inside job by a settler" than by Palestinian youths from the West Bank, even though the evidence appears to say otherwise? Can you share your reasoning, please?


Jane

How do you know they were raised with hate? Do you know them personally?

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They murdered a family and stabbed a baby to death..

They Isrealis are known to do this all the time. They simply use tanks, break through the walls, terrorise family's who may or not be asleep, or woken up by the noise of the Tanks and buldozers. They are all equally as bad. But only God bears witness to what these kids may have been through in their young lives to be able to do such things, if they indeed did it.

Someone needs to help these people end this conflict and save lives. Unfortunately we can't rely on the americans or europeans to do it. And therein lies the problem

Jane wrote: "The two Palestinians were raised with hate and this is the result of it."

And the murderer of the Oshrenko family (including a child and infant) was also raised with hate?

Israel is the only country in the world in which the deliberate murderers of a sleeping family would get such sympathetic coverage - so long as the murderers are Palestinians and the victims are Jews living in the West Bank.

@ Jane

How do you know they were raised with hate? Do you know them personally?

If they were raised with hate, could it have anything to do with the dispossession by Israel of Palestinian land and their expulsion?

When people are being brought up on the idea that Jews are like monkeys - taken directly from the Quran - and they have no right to be, to exist unless subjugated the will of Islam, the outcome is that those Jews who insist on sanctify life - the entire Jewish community - and insist on doing so in the independent nation-state of the Jewish people, Israel, are to be eliminated.....

And when this message goes forth week after week, month after month, years after year, generation after generation, in the mosques, schools, TV, literature, leaders' speeches, etc. the reaction is suicide bombing, drive-by-shooting at Jews, knifing of Jews, rockets aimed at the mass murder of Jews, and the direct slaughter of an innocent family in its sleep in the villages of Itamar.....!!

Will they ever change...??

The two Palestinians were raised with hate and this is the result of it.

If they really did do this terrible act, then they deserve to get what is coming to them. But their coerced confessions mean nothing. Such was expected even before they or anyone else were arrested. Still, do not rule out an inside job by a settler or an unpaid immigrant worker.


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