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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fogel massacre postscript: The lying mother of a murderer

I noted on Sunday that the mother and aunt of Hakim Awad, one of the murderers of the Fogel family in Itamar praised him on official Palestinian Authority TV.

The mother said, "My greetings to dear Hakim, the apple of my eye, from the village of Awarta, 17 years old, who carried out the operation in Itamar (i.e., killing of 5 Fogel family members), sentenced to 5 life sentences and another 5 years, in prison."

At the time of the arrests, however, the same mother of Hakim Awad was adamant that he was innocent!

Ma'an reported then that this same mother had a series of alibis:
Nouf Awwad told Ma'an on Sunday - the day reports of the allegations against her son were made public with the lifting of an Israeli gag-order on the case of the slain settlers - that Hakim was still recovering from a recent surgery, which prevented him from walking long distances and required him to use the toilet every hour.

"We have the medical records, he is in unstable health," she said, adding that the family is gathering the papers to present as evidence in defense of Hakim.

She said Hakim had undergone testicular surgery in November at the Rafidiya Hospital in Nablus.

"He was at home [the night of the murders] and went to bed at 9:30 [p.m.]," she said.

Hakim, who was detained in early April during the third sweep of detentions carried out by Israeli forces, has remained in detention since that time, and has had no contact with his family. Nouf said she "could not rule out" the idea that her son had been tortured and confessed under duress.

This same mother told another newspaper that "one of the soldiers told me there we want to conclude the investigation of this crime, even if we have to fabricate the charge against any person from the village."

Anti-Israel activists seized on the mother's statements as "proof" that Hakim was tortured and framed by Israel. Once the murderers confessed in open court as to how proud they were, these critics became curiously silent about their previous accusations.

And they continue to believe the obvious lies that Palestinian Arabs spin about Israel without any skepticism.

(h/t Dan)