(photo credit:Courtesy Hazan family)
Nedal Amar, the Palestinian man who allegedly lured 20- year-old soldier Sgt.
Tomer Hazan to the West Bank and murdered him in mid-September, is to be
indicted in the Judea Military Court on Thursday, The Jerusalem Post has learned
from security sources.
The IDF Prosecution is expected on Thursday to
seek to detain Hazan until the end of the legal proceedings against
The case has been almost constantly in the headlines, because Amar
allegedly murdered someone who he knew and worked with.
The murder has
had a higher than usual profile, as politicians across the spectrum, including
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, have weighed in on the murder, which, since
it coincided with Palestinian prisoner releases, was a springboard for leaders
on the right to criticize the releases.
The timing was so sensitive for
the peace process that even UN officials made public comments condemning the
killing and calling for calm.
Following the murder, there have been
protests and attempts to burn the restaurant where Amar and Hazan worked
Amar told security forces that he led Hazan to the West Bank,
where he killed him, and hoped to secure the release of his brother – an
incarcerated terrorist arrested in 2003 for being part of a suicide bombing
attack cell – by offering to return the soldier’s body.
believe the suspect planned to deceive Israel by not notifying them that he had
killed the soldier before reaching an agreement to release his
When Hazan was reported as missing, the Shin Bet (Israel
Security Agency) set up a special operations room together with the IDF and
As the investigation proceeded, special forces from the
IDF’s undercover Duvdevan Unit and the police’s Counter-Terrorism Unit began
During the investigation it emerged that a Palestinian resident
of the village of Beit Amin, in the Kalkilya region, named as Amar, worked with
the soldier at a Bat Yam restaurant.
The two took a taxi to the Samaria
settlement of Sha’arei Tikva, near Amar’s village, the Shin Bet
Acting on the information, security forces raided Amar’s home and
arrested him and another brother.
During questioning, Amar confessed to
persuading the soldier to join him for a ride to his residence, the Shin Bet
The manner in which the suspect persuaded the victim to accompany
him remains unknown, but is expected to be revealed on Thursday.
leading the soldier to an open area near the Palestinian village of Sannirya,
Amar killed the soldier by using a blunt weapon, a senior army source
“During his interrogation, Amar said his motive for the murder was
to ‘trade’ the soldier’s body for the release of his brother, Nur al-Din Amar, a
[Fatah] Tanzim member in prison since 2003,” the Shin Bet said.
been working in Israel illegally. He applied to enter Israel under the Family
Reunification Law, but was rejected.
The army source added that initial
indications are that the suspect worked alone, and was not part of a larger
“From previous cases, they [the terrorists] know
how hard it is to keep kidnapped soldiers alive, due to our intelligence grasp
of the area. We see from the past that they will tend to murder kidnapped
soldiers and then negotiate [with Israel],” the source said.
In March, a
Palestinian resident of the West Bank appeared before an Israeli military court
and was charged with attempting to set up a terrorist cell, after being
recruited for the mission by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
allegedly worked under the instruction of Hamas’s Gaza military wing, Izzadin
Kassam, and plotted to fire rockets and kidnap and kill a soldier.
Lappin contributed to this report.
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