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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 18, 2011 / 14 Nissan, 5771

The faces of evil

By Edmund Sanders





Palestinian teens held in brutal slayings of Israeli family


JewishWorldReview.com |

cERUSALEM — (MCT) Israeli security officials said Sunday they had arrested two Palestinian teenagers as suspects in the grisly slayings last month of five members of a Jewish family, including three children, as they slept in their West Bank home.

The March 11 nighttime attack was one of the most brutal in years. Security officials accused the teens, Hakim Awad, 17, and Amjad Awad, 18, who are cousins, of using wire-cutters to break through an electric fence surrounding the heavily protected settlement, and then stealing a rifle from an empty home.

Shortly thereafter, they broke into the home of Udi and Ruth Fogel, first killing two children, Yoav, 10, and Elad, 4, and then stabbing and shooting their parents, Israeli officials said. After fleeing the scene because they feared the gunshots would attract neighbors, the pair allegedly returned to the house, where they stole another rifle and stabbed the family's 3-month old baby, Hadas, who had begun to cry, according to Israeli officials. Two other small children in the house escaped harm, apparently because they were unnoticed. A sixth child, who had been away at a youth outing, returned home around midnight to find the house doors locked and alerted a neighbor.

Military officials said the two Palestinian youths confessed to the killings.

"The murderers are in our hands," said Col. Nimrod Aloni, commander of the brigade responsible for Itamar. He said the killings proved that "the motivation to carry out cruel terror attacks still exists." Israeli officials said the suspects had "nationalistic" motives and had stated during interrogation that their goal was to kill Jewish settlers living in the West Bank.

Local Palestinian officials said they suspected the confessions were coerced and complained that the two students had not had access to attorneys or family members.


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The suspects live in the Palestinian village of Awarta, located next to the Itamar settlement where the March killings took place. They were arrested earlier this month, but a court order barred publication of the news until Sunday.

Military officials said the teens had not yet been formally charged. If charged, they would both be tried as adults in military court in the West Bank, where the cut-off age for minors is 16, military officials said.

Six other suspects — all part of the same family — were also arrested for allegedly helping the teens dispose of the weapons after the slayings, Israeli officials said.

Israel said the teens appeared to have acted alone in committing the killings and without support from any organization, though they said some of the teens' relatives were members of the Palestinian militant group known as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Immediately after the slayings, Israeli security forces focused their investigation on Awarta, whose residents have had longstanding tensions with Itamar's [residents], leading in the past to deadly clashes and previous attacks. In 2002, four Itamar settlers were killed in an attack partly carried out by one of the teenager's uncles, who was later killed by Israeli soldiers, military officials said.

Several hundred Awarta residents were arrested over the past month and a military curfew was periodically imposed, residents said.

Awarta Mayor Qais Awad, who is from the same extended family, questioned the legitimacy of the Israeli investigation and complained that Israel had refused to allow Palestinian participation.

"I have very serious doubts about the Israeli claims," he said. "We said we wanted to help because we also want to know the truth and want to see the one responsible for the killing punished. They refused, and they carried out their own secret investigation. In the end, they came up with this story about the two boys. These two are just boys, and they must have come under tremendous pressure and torture during interrogation that forced them to confess to something they have not done."

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