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Hamas Says Israel is Overlooking Prime Suspect in Itamar Settlement Murder

Press report: Itamar culprit an Asian worker

Israeli officials at the scene of the tragic murder of the Fogel family in an Israeli settlement
Israeli officials at the scene of the tragic murder of the Fogel family in an Israeli settlement. Photo: Hamas

(NABLUS, Occupied Palestine) - An Asian worker is suspected of the murder of the Fogel family, a settler family from Itamar settlement near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, according to Palestinian press sources.

Quds Net news quoted local residents fro at infuriated with an Israeli settler for not paying him his wages carried out the killing of the settler's family in Itamar, Palestinian press sources reported.

Quds Net news agency on Monday quoted a Palestinian family from Awarta village next to the settlement as saying that Mr. Fogel refused to pay 10,000 shekels in wages which he owed an Asian worker he hired. The worker threatened to kill the settler and his family.

The worker is suspected of committing the crime after midnight Friday using a knife then fleeing the scene to nearby Palestinian villages, the report added.

It noted that the Israeli army knows of the information leading to the suspect but refuse to announce or deal with it for political as well as security reasons.

Meanwhile, de facto Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas condemned the murder crime in the strongest words, describing it as "despicable".

Speaking at an interview with radio Israel on Monday, Abbas pledged to extend all necessary assistance leading to unveiling the mystery of the crime, adding that he relayed this position to Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu in a telephone conversation on Saturday shortly after the crime was reported.

He also invited Israel and the USA to discuss with his authority in Ramallah the curriculums being studied in Palestinian schools in the West Bank to make sure that they do not contain any "incitement".

Abbas, however, failed to mention the Israeli settlers' unruly behavior and the army's collective punishment against Palestinian in Nablus villages following the crime despite the fact that no concrete evidence was found incriminating any Palestinian party in the act.


The source of this report is a news release issued by the Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades in Palestine, (the military wing of the Islamic resistance movement Hamas) in Gaza City.

To learn more about the political organization known as Hamas, visit this report: If HAMAS is a Terrorist Organization, What Does That Make Israel? by Tim King from

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Pat Morrison March 26, 2011 12:16 pm (Pacific time)

Thanks you Salem News for having the guts to print this story which the MSM ignores for "political reasons' since Israel announced it would build 500 new settlement units in the Occupied Territories as revenge for this killing, and would do do for each such event. I expect with such an excuse to steal more land there will be lots of settlers turning up dead in the future. When is the world going to say "enough!" and hold Israel to international law-which says the settlements are illegal? Thank you again for your honesty and guts.

ladybat2 March 25, 2011 10:44 pm (Pacific time)

It would not surprise me one bit if Mossad did not kill these settlers. After all no sacrifice is to much for the "greater israel"

Arab March 17, 2011 4:07 pm (Pacific time)

What a bunch of crap.

Publishing something like this shows what a biased amateur organisation Salem News is

Editor: Thank you, have a nice day.

Dadn March 17, 2011 8:06 am (Pacific time)

Actually, you're forgetting to mention how limited the reprisals have been for such a horrible crime. I know you are rooting for the Israelis to kill Palestinians so you can justify your bias against them but they haven't delivered to your satisfaction, have they? Oh, and even if the Asian worker theory is true and he fled to Palestinian villages, where exactly is he now? Has he left the West Bank? I won't count on you working on that line of questioning though because, you know that's not Anti-Israeli.

Editor: You seem to forget that we have a lot of friends and support in Israel.  Everyone there does not disagree, not by a long shot.

dh March 17, 2011 12:17 am (Pacific time)

Where can I learn more about the treatment of foreign migrant workers in Israel? Most of the online accounts, like everything written about Israel, are fawning, silly, and non-fact-based. Thanks.

John March 16, 2011 4:05 pm (Pacific time)

Wow! I thought news reporters were supposed to be unbiased. If cold-blooded murder and slicing an innocent baby's throat can get only this heartless report, how could we expect honest reporting from the Salem news? Appropriate news name for modern day witch hunters like you.

Editor: What are you talking about?  Israeli news releases are almost never honest, whereas Hamas tends to simply relay what happened.  What's that about witches?  

Dadn March 16, 2011 1:00 pm (Pacific time)

Palestinians are Asians. This is poor word play not that you seem to have any problem with t hat.

Editor: Palestinian are Arab, who cares where the line on a map is drawn by the west?  The Israeli government and media condemned the Palestinian community for this act suggesting it was a 'terrorist' act and not one based upon a Jewish settler failing to pay a bill he accrued.  

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