Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hamas Terrorist Arrested for Teens' Kidnapping and Murder

                                              June 12th Kidnapping and Murder in Judea
Nadene Goldfoot
These 3 Jewish  teens were evidently shot at short range with pistols shortly after they tried to defend themselves in the kidnapping.  Then their bodies were hidden by Marwan and Hussam Kawasme  where they were moved to a plot of land bought by Hussam Kawasme several months ago.  11 Suspects are involved in this kidnapping.  

Hussam Hassan Kawasme, 40 years old,  was arrested on July 11 on suspicion of assisting the kidnappers and murderers of the 3 Israeli teens and hiding their bodies in land he owned in Hebron.  He was the Hamas mastermind and was indicted in the IDF military courts.  Hussam happened to be at a command level Hamas operative. He was in an Israeli prison from 1995 to 2002 when he was convicted on other Hamas terrorist offenses including being part of a cell that carried out bomb attacks.  His family has had their sons being involved in severe terror attacks for Hamas.  His brother, Hassin Kawasme, is in prison on a life sentence for his participation in a bomb attack on the International Convention Center in Jerusalem in March 2011.  That's when British tourist Mary Jane Gardner was killed in the attack and dozens were wounded.  Another brother, Mahmoud Kawasme was in a 20 year prison sentence for a double suicide bombing in Beersheva in August 2004 which killed  16 Israelis.   He was released as part of the Shalit exchange with Hamas and expelled to the Gaza Strip.

Hussam received NIS 150,000 to  220,000  funding to carry out the attack of  the kidnapping from his brother, Mahmoud,  another Hamas member that had been expelled by Israel to the Gaza Strip as part of the Gilad Schalit deal, the first of these kidnappings.  The money no doubt came from Hamas members in Gaza.  According to the indictment, Hussam's brother used his mother as a first intermediary in their method of delivering the funds.  Another woman was used as an additional intermediary who would leave envelopes of funds at his house.

Hussam used the money to buy a car  with the help of Noah Abu Aisha of Hebron, used in the kidnapping and murder of the 3 teens.  It was an almost new Israeli car with an Israeli license plate number.  It had been stolen from Tzur Hadasa.  Later, they burned the car in the Dura area and they even abandoned their get-away car in Hebron.   He also had to buy 4 guns; 2 M-16 rifles and 2 hand guns..  Then, on the fatal day of June 12, Gil-Ad Sha'er, age 16, Naftali Frenkel, 16, and Eyal Yifrah, age 19, were kidnapped and shot dead by Hamas terrorists in Hebron.  The Shin Bet named the 2 chief suspects as Marwan Qawasme and Amar Abu Aisha.  Both men are still in hiding.

Hussam helped Marwan in the planning.  He is related to one of the kidnappers, and confessed his involvement and named the others who hid the 2 wanted men.  The IDF destroyed the homes of the suspected murderers.  The brothers of Hussam;   Hisham, 35  and Jamil, 28 were going to help Hussam flee to Jordan with fake ID.  All are now in Israeli custody.  Hussam was found in the Shuafat refugee camp.


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