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“I suggested to Amjad the idea that we would reach the fence of Itamar. I said, ‘let’s do something that will be special, so that in the future each one of us will grow older and tell his children about it’”. This is the transcript just released in Israel of the interrogations of Amjad and Hakim Awad, the Palestinian murderers of the Fogel family, slaughtered last year in Itamar.
Ruth Fogel was in the bathroom when Awad killed her husband Udi and their three-month-old daughter Hadas, slitting their throats as they lay in bed. Awad slaughtered the mother as she came out of the bathroom. He moved into a bedroom where Ruth and Udi’s sons Yoav (11) and Elad (4) were sleeping. He slit their throats. This is Awad describing the carnage: “I took the first boy to the bedroom and I murdered him with two blows to the neck. I slaughtered him.” Then he killed the infant Hadas: “The baby slept between the father and the mother and cried out loud. I stabbed him in the heart.”
In court, Awad smiled at the camera, he said he has “no regrets” and flashed the “V” sign for victory while he was leaving the courthouse. “I am a person like you, I have no mental condition,” Awad said to the judges. His smile was sincere, reminding the so called “Khmer Rouge’s smiling assassins”.
Kaing Guek Eav, the former commander in charge of S-21 prison in Phnom Penh where as many as 16,000 Cambodians were killed, revealed that the communist Khmer Rouge killed the babies of the regime’s victims by battering them against trees.
Like the Palestinian killers of the Fogels and the Palmers (a Jewish father and son killed by stones last autumn), the Khmer Rouge didn’t waste bullets, but cut their victims’ throats. By each Camdodian mass grave, where women and children were buried together, there was a banana tree nearby where the innocent babies were swung against the trunk.
Unlike the Palestinian criminal project, the Cambodian genocide was not perpetrated on an ethnic basis but on ideological grounds. Pol Pot wanted to create a new type of man, ideologically pure. Cambodia became a life-size agrarian laboratory. The Khmer Rouge turned what was once a smiling land into an arcipelago of gulags. An estimated 1.7 million people died under Pol Pot’s 1975-79 regime. The horrible enormity of what the Khmer Rouge was planning was apparent after the capture of Phnom Penh. Pol Pot’s men evacuated cities and towns into the countryside. They killed people just for wearing spectacles. Their victims were monks, students, farmers, vendors, teachers, children and retarded persons. People died for smoking “imperialist cigarettes.”
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