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Two Palestinians Arrested in Itamar Massacre

Two Palestinian teenagers from the village of Awarta have been arrested for the murder of Udi and Ruth Fogel and three of their six children in Itamar last month.

Haaretz is reporting that the suspects, who are said to have confessed to the crime, are members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. A Shin Bet official told the newspaper that the suspects, Amjad Mahmad Awad, 19, and Hakim Mazen Awad, 18, “described what they did with self-control and did not express regret over their actions at any stage of the investigation.”

According to Ynet, Hakim Awad belongs to a terrorist family. His uncle was involved in a June 2002 terror attack in Itamar, which left five dead. He was later killed in clashes with IDF forces.

Just three weeks before the Fogels’ murder, Palestinian TV had reportedly broadcast a tribute to a terrorist involved in another deadly 2002 attack upon Itamar.

Within days of the murder, Hamas was spreading the disinformation that an Asian worker, disgruntled over pay withheld by the “settler family from Itamar settlement,” was the primary suspect.

As transportation minister Yisrael Katz told Army Radio, “To those Palestinians who said ‘it can’t be one of us,’ well, it turned out to be one of you.”