Shin Bet recommends razing homes of Fogel killers

Israel’s Shin Bet security service has recommended that the family homes of the two Palestinian cousins who killed five members of the Fogel family be razed.

Government legal advisers must agree to the recommendation to destroy the homes of Hakim and Ajmad Awad of the West Bank town of Awarta, according to Army Radio, because of a 2005 Defense Ministry decision that ended the policy of home demolitions as punishment for Palestinian terrorists. The decision said demolitions were not preventing future attacks.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and the military’s chief of staff, Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, agreed to the recommendation pending the decision by the legal advisers.

The Shin Bet argued in its recommendation that the demolition would serve as a deterrent to other Palestinians considering similar attacks. It also said several members of the murderers’ families helped the two men following the attack by hiding them and destroying evidence.

The Awads each were sentenced to five consecutive life sentences for the March 11, 2011 murders of the Fogel couple and three of their six children. — jta