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Father of Palestinian IDF Killer Calls Son A 'Coward'

Abdullah Amar, whose son Nidal murdered an unarmed IDF soldier this past weekend, stated he'd kill his son himself for what he's done

By: Daniel Koren
Published: September 25th, 2013 in News » World
20-year-old IDF soldier Tomer Hazan, who was killed this weekend

This weekend was one of tragedy, as a Palestinian man, Nidal Amar, killed an IDF soldier, Bat Yam native Tomer Hazan, planning to use his corpse to negotiate his brother's release from Israeli captivity.

Now the murderer's father, Abdullah Amar, has spoken out about his son killing the unarmed IDF solider in the West bank, saying to Times of Israel that he would kill his own son if given the chance for what he's done to humanity and the prospect of peace in the region.

"I am telling you this from the bottom of my heart… if the military would today give me an M-16 [assault rifle], I would go and shoot my son in the head," Amar said.

The murder occured in Beit Amin, a small Palestinian village where Nidal Amar and his family resided. The 42-year-old Amar was arrested on Saturday, admitting to luring Hazan to the village before killing him.

His motive, he stated, was to bargain with Israeli police in order to negotiate his brother's release, who is currently in Israeli prison, and has been for the past eleven years.

After killing the unarmed, 20-year-old Hazan, he dumped his body into a well.

Abdullah Amar, Nidal's father, in an interview with Times of Israel, made it abundantly clear that he, nor his family, support his son's agenda.

"I and all my family, from the youngest to the eldest, condemn the murder of a man who came here without a weapon," he said on Sunday. "I could never imagine that Nidal would cause harm to anyone. But the Israeli government and the Israeli public should know that, if he did commit such a crime, he should pay for it as required by law."

"He killed a man for no reason," he added.

Abdullah stated he had rarely seen his son, who worked illegally at a restaurant in Bat Yam, over the last few years.

Several of Nidal's brothers were also arrested on Saturday.

Though clearly angered at his son's wrongdoings, Abdullah Amar did ask the Israeli government to release the rest of his children.

"I want to punish him and anyone who knew of his plans, but please release all those who are not connected to the murder," he said.

"Nidal’s brother went to jail 11 years ago. He [Nidal] saw how much suffering it caused, and now he thinks he can kidnap and kill an Israeli soldier, and liberate his brother? That is the thought of a child, not a 42-year-old adult," he added.

Abdullah Amar also stated that, besides being moral, wrong and cowardly, that it was against the constitiution of both the 'Torah and the Koran.'

"This is no act of heroism," he said. "If an Israeli kills an unarmed Palestinian, would we call him a hero? And if a Palestinian who murdered an Israeli citizen was killed, would we say he’s a hero? I see nothing heroic about this."

Related articles: Israel News, Jewish News, IDF, Abdullah Amar, Nidal Amar, Soldiers, Middle East, Palestinian, Tomer Hazan
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