IDF: Breakthrough in Fogel slayings expected

Troops detain more suspects as Palestinian villagers complain of abuse by soldiers, say over 100 residents detained since Itamar murders.

April 11, 2011 23:23
1 minute read.
IDF soldiers close off Itamar junction

Soldiers at Itamar settlement 311. (photo credit: REUTERS/Nir Elias)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


A breakthrough is expected in the investigation of the Itamar killings as the IDF continues to arrest suspects from the Palestinian village of Awarta, which remains under a military curfew.

On Sunday, the IDF swept into the village and arrested over a dozen additional suspects in the brutal knife slayings of Udi and Ruth Fogel and their three children, including a three-month-old baby girl.

IDF arrests at least 100 women in West Bank village
IDF hunts door-to-door for Fogel family’s killers

According to Palestinians, over 100 residents of Awarta have been detained by the IDF and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) since the Fogel murders. The Palestinian Authority has called the arrests “incessant abuse campaigns held by the Israeli occupation army against the people of the Awarta village.” The Shin Bet has taken fingerprints from detainees, as well as DNA samples. Fifty men remain in custody.

Late Monday night, as he spoke with The Jerusalem Post by telephone, Awarta resident Jamal Kawarik said a helicopter was circling overhead and that soldiers were in the streets, including near his residence.

“Here,” Kawarik said. “I’m holding up the phone so you can hear the sound of the helicopter.”

He added that since the killing, the entire village has lived in fear. “We are not sleeping or eating well,” he said.

Earlier in the month, Kawarik and his wife were taken in for questioning but then released.

“Thank God nothing happened,” he said.

On Sunday morning, he said, the IDF entered the village at 4 a.m. and ransacked a number of homes.

“They threw everything on the floor,” he told the Post. “The oil, the rice, the salt, the sugar, the flour – and they mixed it together as if it was in a mixing bowl. It got on everything – the sofa, the clothes.”

On Sunday, residents of Itamar marked the shloshim, or 30 days since the killings, and laid a cornerstone for a new study hall at the yeshiva where Udi taught before he was killed.

Shots were fired at an Israeli vehicle near Karnei Shomron on Monday night, but no one was hurt, Israel Radio reported.

Now is the time to join the news event of the year - The Jerusalem Post Annual Conference!
For more information and to sign up,
click here>>

Related Content

idf hebron
August 22, 2014
Palestinians throw Molotov cocktail at IDF checkpoint in Hebron


Cookie Settings