Hamas terrorist freed in Shalit deal arrested for Passover attack

(JNS.org) A Hamas terrorist who was freed as part of the 2011 Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal was arrested last month for his role in a Passover eve terror attack in April, the Israeli Shin Bet security service revealed Monday.

The flag of Hamas. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The flag of Hamas. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

According to the Shin Bet, Ziad Awad, 42, a Hamas operative who had been jailed for 11 years for terrorist activity, along with his son Azzadin Ziad Hassan Awad, 18, were arrested May 7 for the shooting attack on April 14 that killed Baruch Mizrahi and injured his wife and child as they drove to attend a Passover seder near Hebron.

The Shin Bet said that the father was accused of carrying out the shooting, while the younger Awad allegedly assisted him in the planning and the escape. During interrogation, the son implicated his father in the shooting and gave the police the gun used in the attack. 

Additionally, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered that Awad’s home be destroyed, resuming a policy of home demolitions of terrorists that had been suspended since 2005.

“I gave the directive to destroy the home of the terrorist, a Hamas man, as part of the general effort to combat Hamas,” Netanyahu said in a statement. 

Posted on June 23, 2014 .