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Murderer's family: He was against such acts

Wife and daughters of Nidal Amar who murdered Sgt. Tomer Hazan, baffled by his actions, say he hasn't lived at home for two years

Hassan Shaalan
Published: 09.22.13, 00:38 / Israel News

"He was a quiet, civilized, understanding person." This is how Nijat Khourmata, the wife of Nidal Amar who murdered Sgt. Tomer Hazan and dumped his body in a well, described him.


Seeking to disassociate herself from her husband's actions she stressed, "He never told us about his plans. He hasn't lived here in two years and has only recently come to visit his daughters."


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According to Khourmata, her husband did not have a stay permit for Israel. "I heard about his brother who got 30 years in prison. Mu husband isn't violent, he would always say we have no money."


Hazan, 20, shared a taxi with Amar to the latter's home. They got off in Shaarei Tikva and walked to the Beit Amin village from there. Nidal led Hazan to an open field near the village of Sniria where he murdered him.


Special army forces raided the Amar family home and arrested Nidal, his brother and additional Palestinian suspects.


After his interrogation, Nidal took security forces to the site and said he had committed the act in order to use the soldier's body to free his brother, who is serving a sentence at an Israeli jail. Nidal's brother, Nur al-Adin, Amar, is a Tanzim operative held in Israel since 2008.


It is yet unclear how Nidal lured Hazan to the village.


Ranin, Amar's daughter, was also baffled by her father's actions. "The only problem with my father was the financial issue, though he never spared anything from us. He would always help us and say: 'I want you to be civilized girls.' I never expected him to do such a thing. He would always say he was against these things. I'm a student at school and I hope the students won't bully me. I want everyone to respect us."


Lama, 13, Amar's other daughter, said she was embarrassed to be with her friends. "This thing hurt us mentally a great deal after we thought our lives were getting better. Last week I spent one night at his house and came home. I can't concentrate from thinking about him and the deed he's done."



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