Hamas mastermind behind murder of 3 Israeli yeshiva students charged with murder (video)By Mason White 4:36 PM September 4, 2014
|Suspects in murder of 3 Israeli yeshiva students|
By: Ze’ev Ben-Yechiel
(Scroll down for video) The Hamas mastermind behind the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli yeshiva students was charged with murder, the Tazpit News Agency reported.
Hussam Hassan Qawasme, the Hamas mastermind behind the June kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens, has been indicted, according to a statement released today by Israel’s Shin Bet security forces.
The IDF military court announced the indictment on Thursday morning, nearly two months after Qawasme was arrested for his suspected role in the terror attack. A number of family members have also been implicated for assisting him in the crime.
On June 12, Hamas terrorists from Hebron kidnapped Gil-Ad Sha’er, 16, Naftali Frankel, 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, while the three were hitchhiking at Gush Etzion Junction, and shot them dead shortly thereafter when they realized that one of the teens had called the police.
According to the indictment, Qawasme, a senior Hamas operative, received funding for the operation from his brother Mahmoud, a Hamas terrorist who was released to Gaza in the Gilad Schalit deal.
Hussam Qawasme obtained total of at least 150,000 shekels ($1 = 3.58 shekels) to use for the attack, at least some of which is believed to have been transmitted by his mother and another woman who was not named.
The investigation revealed that the money was used to purchase the vehicles used in the kidnapping, as well as two M-16 assault rifles and two handguns, the latter of which were used to kill the teens.
The vehicle used in the kidnapping itself was burned near the town of Dura, while the getaway vehicle was abandoned in Hebron.
The two main suspects in the actual kidnap and murder, Marwan Qawasme, a relative of Hussam, and Amar Abu Aisha, remain at large. In his confession, Hassam Qawasme named others who helped hide the two suspects.
Following the murders, Hussam and Marwan Qawasme took the bodies of the victims and transported them to a field purchased by Hussam several months prior to the attack, where they buried them.
When the bodies of the missing teens were found on June 30, Qawasme went into hiding, and planned to enlist the help of family members to flee to Jordan. The Shin Bet named them as Hisham Qawasme, 35, Jamil Qawasme, 28, and 45-year-old Hassan Qawasme. All are in Israeli custody.
The ringleader was found and arrested on July 11 while hiding in the Shuafat refugee camp.