Daily Israel Report

Fogel Terrorist: Like Father, Like Son

The father of one of the murderers of the Fogels had served in jail for terror. An uncle was involved in the 2002 terror attack on Itamar.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 4/17/2011, 1:25 PM / Last Update: 4/17/2011, 1:35 PM

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The father of one of the murderers of the Fogel family at Itamar had served in jail for terror, and an uncle involved in the 2002 terror attack on same community.

Two teenagers were arrested for the massacre of five members of the Fogel family. The father of high school student murderer Hakim Mazen Awad was active in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist organization and previously had been jailed in Israel.

Awad and Amjad Awad carried out the brutal murders at Itamar, the same community where Hakim Awad’s uncle was involved with the 2002 terrorist attack that killed five people. He was killed the following year in a clash with IDF forces.

After the murders of the Fogel family, another uncle of Awad, who also was a PLFP terrorist and had served a prison sentence for terror, enlisted other relatives to burn the attackers’ bloodstained clothes.

While the teenage terrorist butchers returned to school, as if nothing out of the ordinary had happened, the uncle took the knives used in the massacre and moved them to Ramallah. Israeli security agents have identified and arrested the man who hid the knives and have recovered the murder weapons.

One of the suspected terrorist's mother insisted that her son was sleeping at the time of the murders, despite his confession. 

Another resident of Awarta, where the terrorists live, told Voice of Israel government radio Sunday that he does not even believe that the terrorist attack took place.