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Fogel Murderer: It was an Adventure

Haaretz to publish murderers' interrogation transcript: "Let's do something we will tell our children about."
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 6/14/2012, 10:23 PM

Yoav Fogel
Yoav Fogel
Israel News photo

Daily newspaper Haaretz will publish the chilling transcripts of the Shin Bet interrogations of Amjad and Hakim Awad of Awarta, the murderers of the Fogel family of Itamar, in its Friday edition.

The transcripts indicate that the two teenage murderers did not belong to any terror organization. Hakim said he had once taken part in a memorial ceremony for his uncle that was organized by the PFLP, and Amjad had thrown rocks on IDF soldiers several times when they entered the village.

Amjad said that he had initiated the murder in Itamar. "I wanted to carry out a terror attack because I wanted to get rid of this life," he said. "There were problems between me and the family. Two years ago my father used to ask me about the studies, and why I smoked, and he would constantly meddle in my personal matters, so I thought of committing suicide. The way I thought of doing this was to carry out a suicide attack in Itamar."

Hakim also took credit for the initiative to murder. "We spoke about another subject, which is the adventure. When we spoke about the adventure, I suggested to Amjad the idea that we would reach the fence of Itamar. Amjad said 'let it go.' I said, 'let's do something that will be special. So that in the future each one of us will grow older and tell his children about it."

Amjad described the murder thus: "I opened the shutter and a boy saw me. I closed the shutter. I came in through the main door which was open. Hakim remained at the door as a lookout. I took the first boy to the bedroom and I murdered him with two blows to the neck. I slaughtered him."

He later told the interrogators about the murder of infant Hadas: "I forgot to tell about the baby who slept between the father and the mother and who cried out loud. I stabbed him in the heart and we went out the same way we entered."

Hakim added: "We stood outside the house. I saw a military jeep in front of me. I thought the jeep had come because I heard the gunfire and I prepared myself for a firefight with them, but the jeep kept on going. I told Amjad to go into the house and look for another weapon. Five minutes later he came out of the window with a long M16 in his hand and told me he had murdered a small child who had cried because he was afraid we would be discovered."