|Raya Yaron, an official from Machsom Watch, an Israeli group that|
offers comfort, comforts the mother of Hakim Awad, Nawef, who was still in the
post-murder, denial stage when the photo was snapped.
But then she got over it and stopped denying (see below) [Image Source]
There's an epilogue to the horrifying story in today's news.
- 19-Apr-11: What happened that awful Sabbath night in Itamar?
- 16-Jan-12: Smiling baby-slashers, men who hide bombs in their clothing and bags, and reporters confused between facts and their own prejudices
- Salah Awad hid the two blood-drenched killers in his home on the night the Fogels were massacred. They confessed everything to him. He concealed the murder weapons in his home, provided them with a change of clothing to assist their escape, and on hearing that the police were looking for evidence, moved the weapons to a different location. For being an accessory after the fact, he was sentenced yesterday to seven years in prison.
- Hassan Awad helped the brothers find hiding places after they fled the scene. Sentence: 23 months in prison, and a fine.
- Yazid Awad, knowing of the murders and of the Awad brothers' role, gave them what the report calls “material assistance.” Sentence: four years in prison.
The savagery and brutality of the killings have shocked Palestinians, including fighters from the various resistance groups, and angered Israelis. There appears to be consensus on the moral heinousness of the act.
|Mrs Nawef Awad of Awarta is the mother|
of a confessed murderer. Sometimes she is sure he was forced to
confess. But sometimes she's very proud
of the blood on his hands. [Image Source]
Hakim Awad's mother, Nawef, claimed that her son was at home the night of the murder and never left the house, claiming that "five months ago Hakim underwent a surgery in his stomach and I'm sure he was tortured and forced into confessing."
Palestinian Authority television aired an interview with the mother and aunt of Hakim Awad, who praised him as "a hero" and "a legend"... Nawef, who had previously denied her son's involvement, now proudly admitted it.We have said this before. The many who stand in solidarity with the perpetrators of cold-blooded acts of savagery like the one described here need to be asking themselves how to deal with those expressions of pride and satisfaction. If the practitioners of terrorism and those who nourish, nurture and support them are barbarians, what does that make their advocates?