New details on teens' kidnapping and murder emerge
An indictment was filed on Thursday against Hussam Kawasme, the ringleader
of the plot to kidnap and murder Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach HY"D (May God Avenge their blood). With the indictment come more details that make it clear that this was not a spontaneous or lone wolf operation
Hussam's interrogation, as well as those of a number of other
arrested suspects, revealed that he had played a fundamental part in the
kidnapping, and served as its mastermind and overall coordinator of the
entire terrorist "operation". In that capacity, he secured some 200,000
shekels from his Gaza-based brother and Hamas operative Mahmoud to fund
The money was used, among other things, to purchase the car used in the abductions, which was later found burned out, near Hevron, together with spent bullet casings and traces of blood.
The money was also used to buy weapons - two pistols and two assault
rifles - which were given to Marwan Kawasmeh prior to the attack. Hussam
received those weapons from another Hamas terrorist in Hevron, Adnan
Mohammed Azzat Zaro.
Also under interrogation, it was revealed that immediately after the
murders Marwan went to Hussam, who helped him to take the bodies to a
field the latter had purchased several month before in preparation for
the killings. After burying the bodies in a shallow grave, he then
helped Marwan and Amar Abu-Eisha to find a place to hide.
Security forces also extracted the names of several other terrorists
involved in the abduction and murder, including two brothers. One of
them, 50-year-old Hevron resident Arafat Ibrahim Mohammed Kawasmeh,
admitted after his arrest to helping hide the suspects. The second -
64-year-old Ahmed Ibrahim Mohammed Kawasmeh - confessed that Marwan had
turned to him prior to the attack to secure him safe passage in advance
to Palestinian Authority-controlled territory, and that he had referred
him to his brother Arafat.
With the conclusion of the interrogation process, the suspects cases
have been transferred to the Judea and Samaria prosecutor, who will be
For the record, 200 Shekels is approximately $56,000 at today's exchange rates. Not exactly chump change.
Labels: Hamas, kidnapping, murder, Palestinian terrorism