Palestinian jailed for killing settler family

2012-01-16 19:00

Jerusalem - An Israeli military court on Monday sentenced a 19-year-old Palestinian to five consecutive life sentences for killing a family of five in a northern West Bank settlement, the army said.

Amjad Awwad also received an additional seven years' imprisonment for the grisly murders, which saw the family stabbed to death as they were sleeping in Itamar settlement in March 2011.

His cousin, Hakim Awwad, 18, was sentenced to a similar prison term in October.

According to the charge sheet, the cousins, from the nearby village of Awarta, acted of their own free will although both are members of the radical Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

The two men were convicted of killing Ehud and Ruthy Fogel and their three young children, one of whom was 3-month-old baby, in a murder that sparked international condemnation.

  • Dirk - 2012-01-16 19:35

    Good, pity that they were not hanged. Were they found guilty of these crimes in any of the surrounding arab states, they would have been beheaded.

      Jaba - 2012-01-17 07:23

      Israel has a death penalty. Unfortunately, for some reason, it is never invoked. It was used once - to execute Eichman. It should be used on every terrorist who is convicted of murder. It's the only way to prevent these animals from being released in future exchanges. It would also go a long way to deter kidnappings.

      Barry - 2012-01-17 12:18

      I agree, this is a terrible thing to have innocents die. Unfortunately if a country is invaded and occupied by foreign forces and settling foreign people, these kind of things will happen. We don't see the same penalties for Israelis murdering Palestinian innocents. So a bit of double standards taking place here

      BA - 2012-01-17 12:30

      Barry you make me sick. How can you justify this? Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas described as "abominable" the attack which killed five Israelis, including a baby, in their beds. "This act was abominable, inhuman and immoral," the Palestinian leader said in an interview in Arabic with Israeli public radio days after the grisly murder at the Itamar settlement near the northern city of Nablus. But that is not good enough for you, hey Barry? Abbas condemns it, but for you it's "these kind of things will happen", like when you have a tire puncture. You are sick man. Finally, as I have informed you before, hamas own co-founder, 2 weeks ago, confirmed that gaza is NOT occupied, and that hamas is in control of and governs gaza and it is NOt occupied. That is what he said. There is therefore NO invasion. Finally, any Israeli who murders a palestinian in Israel will be subject to the same laws as a palestinian who murders an Israeli. If you are referring to the Israeli Defence Force, that is a military act carried out by soldiers in defence of Israeli lives, and it is NOT, by any legal or moral code, classified as murder. You are a sick, disgusting person if you excuse and justify murder of a baby by a terrorist. You ought to be ashamed of yourself. What kind of a human being are you, you Jew-hating sicko?

      Barry - 2012-01-17 13:08

      @BA. In no way am I justifying it. I reiterate it is a terrible thing to have happened. However, please don't expect me to swallow that it happened as if there is no conflict For the rest, I am allowed to have my opinion just as you can have your opinion. You can insult me as much as you like. It just reflects on you. No one else. As I have said before most bible cuddlers like yourself love to hate. Your comment just confirms that.

      BA - 2012-01-17 13:58

      Don't lie about trying to justify this. Everything you have written is an excuse and justification for this act. Secondly, you ignore totally the facts as stated by the hamas co-founder. Why don't you acknowledge that the accusations and libels you utter are just that - lies and false statements of fact. I don't have a problem being labeled as a hater of you - I hate all Jew-haters and hypocritical liars like yourself, so there is no problem there. You deserve to be insulted.

      Barry - 2012-01-17 14:32

      @BA @BA. You carry on hating everyone that has a different opinion to you, if it makes you happy. I certainly do not hate you even though I find your views radical and ignoring the obvious. As I have already stated, your insulting comments are just a reflection on you. No one else. May your God bless you.. :)

  • GrootWitHaai - 2012-01-16 20:17

    Like a typical Philistine insurgent coward, he won't confront an Israeli soldier in direct engagement on the battlefield.

      Sinjoku - 2012-01-16 20:39

      LOL...of Course not.... But i wish him all the best in a military prison in israel. I dont think a death sentence carries the penalty that his current sentence has in store for him now. All sorts of nasties in there waiting for him. Imagine him facing an israeli soldier on battelfield... NO CHANCE.... Now imagine him agains the soldiers in a prison that is now his cell mates. Good ridance to bad rubbish.

  • EttieneC - 2012-01-17 09:37

    Why not just execute him in public?

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