Shin Bet seeks to raze Itamar massacre terrorists´ homes (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yoav Zitun Published: 05.06.12, 10:35)
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Recommendation presented to defense minister to approve demolition of
homes of Amjad and Hakim Awad, who were responsible for Fogel family
massacre in Itamar
The Shin Bet has recently presented the Defense Minister Ehud Barak
with a recommendation to approve the demolition of the homes of Amjad
and Hakim Awad who murdered the Fogel family from Itamar over a year
According to the recommendation the houses in the village of Awarta
should be destroyed as part of the deterrence mechanism against
Palestinian families who give refuge to members of the family
involved in terrorism.
The trial of the two terrorists recently ended at the military court
with multiple life sentences handed down for both culprits. Yet
during the investigation the Shin Bet discovered that the relatives
of Hakim and Amjad hid evidence and aided the two murderers in
covering up their tracks.
The Shin Bet said on Sunday that "the organization´s recommendation
mainly relies upon the need to strengthen the aspect of deterrence
among potential terrorists.
"In this case, the general need for deterrence is strengthened by a
concrete consideration that stems from the fact that several of the
terrorists´ family members offered them assistance after the terror
attack – by hiding the weapons stolen during the attack and by
covering up the act through the destruction of evidence."
The Shin Bet denied that there are legal officials who are opposed to
the move and mentioned a number of verdicts from the last decade
where it was determined that the demolition of houses was legal and
that there was no room, from the High Court´s perspective, to
intervene in these decisions.
"That was the case in the ruling over the destruction of the house of
the terrorist responsible for the Merkaz Ha Rav yeshiva attack in
2005 and the destruction of the home of the terrorist who carried out
the terrorist attack in Jerusalem in 2008," Shin Bet officials noted.
A meeting on the matter is set to take place over the next few weeks
at the Attorney General´s office with IDF and Defense Ministry
At first, Awarta village chiefs denied any connection between their
village and the Itamar massacre but at the same time, after their
arrest, the two murderers became idols in their village, according to
defense establishment sources, with support banners and their
pictures hung up throughout Awarta.
Meretz Chairwoman Zahava Gal-On criticized the Shin Bet: "The
abominable murderers of the Fogel family must rot in prison. But I do
not understand the political impetus to demolish their families homes
after the IDF itself aborted the use of home demolition as a
punishment mechanism since it is ineffective and immoral.
"It is clear that there is no deterrence effect and no security
requirement for the move other than a political need towards the
settlers." Itamar Fleishman contributed to the report (Copyright 2012
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