The Samaria District Military Court on Monday sentenced Amjad Awad, one of two
cousins convicted of brutally murdering five Fogel family members in the Itamar
settlement last March, to five life terms and seven years in prison.
and Hakim Awad, entered the home of the Fogels, stabbing and shooting to death
parents Udi and Ruth, and killing three of their children: Elad, 11, Yoav, 4,
and four-month-old Hadas.
IDF: 2 Palestinians arrested in Fogel family massacre
Second man accused in Itamar massacre on trial
'Itamar massacre' killer, Hakim Awad, convicted
Hakim, 18, received his sentence in September,
when the same court sentenced him to five life sentences and five years in
The defendants confessed to stabbing and shooting the Fogels
after they broke into Itamar, which is adjacent to their village,
Both places are near Nablus.
“I don’t regret what I did,
and would do it again,” Amjad Awad said in May.
“I’m proud of what I did
and I’ll accept any punishment I get, even death, because I did it all for
Also on Monday, border police intercepted two Palestinians
carrying 11 pipe bombs who were likely on their way to carry out an attack at
the court where Awad was being sentenced.
The suspects, both in their
20s, were trying to cross the Salim checkpoint near Jenin, when their nervous
conduct aroused the suspicions of a veteran officer.
“They were placed in
a bomb-proof examination hut for a search, but did not cooperate,” Border Police
spokesman Supt. Shai Hakimi told The Jerusalem Post.
became even more suspicious and declared a “situation bell,” which is code for a
strip search of suspects thought to be carrying weapons. The search revealed 11
pipe bombs, a homemade gun and ammunition.
The suspects were arrested,
and the explosives were detonated in a controlled explosion by Border Police bomb
squad officers. Last week, Palestinians tried to cross the same checkpoint with
pipe bombs, and were apprehended by the same Border Police officer.