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Another leftist visitor, Yaakov Manor of the Alternative Information Center, described the visit thus on the AIC’s Hebrew website:
“The horror that we witnessed at the home of the family of Muhammad Awad cannot be described as anything but a pogrom – a primitive and brutal act of revenge intended to strike fear and awe into the hearts of the residents…”
“The father, Muhammad, 45, the son Majdi, 20, a third year university student, the son Amjad, 19, a freshman university student, and the son Hakem, 17, were arrested.”
At about the same time that Manor wrote the post, a court lifted a gag order and allowed the press to publish the names and photos of the murder suspects. One of them was 17 year old Hakem Awad. The other was his cousin, Amjad Awad, who is apparently not the same Amjad mentioned above as brother of Hakem.
Machsom Watch is a women’s group that interferes with soldiers looking for weapons and explosives at checkposts and is a member of the Women’s Coalition for Peace. Both are radical groups that espouse a pacifist, anti-religious and anti-Western brand of gender feminism, and both received considerable funding from the New Israel Fund as recently as 2007, according to NGO Monitor.
Despite allegations of siding with Israel’s enemies, the New Israel Fund is still perceived as a legitimate body by many liberals in Israel and outside it.
As reported on Arutz Sheva, Israel Online Ambassadors said Sunday that these leftist groups had crossed a red line. “The time has come to make leftist groups that support murderers illegal. Whoever supports baby killers has no place in a democratic society,” the group said in a statement.
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