Israel Radio: Palestinian Woman Admits she Tipped Fateh before Alluring Israeli Teenager to Death

Published February 25th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

The Palestinian young woman accused of luring an Israeli teenager to Ramallah where he was allegedly shot dead by Palestinian armed men has admitted that she had tipped Palestinians from Fateh organization on her plan to bring the kid to the West Bank town, according to Radio Israel. 

Amana Jawad Najar, 25, was arrested on January 20 by undercover agents of the General Security Service and the Israeli in the village of Bir Nabala, northwest of Jerusalem, which is in Area B, under Israeli security jurisdiction.  

The woman is believed to have lured 16-year-old Ofir Rahum to his death in an ambush near Ramallah three days earlier after having an Internet romance with him.  

Najar, a freelance journalist, is a resident of east Jerusalem and holds an Israeli identity card. 

According to reports, it is believed that Rahum was lured into a meeting with Najar after they developed a relationship over the Internet. He was apparently not aware that she was Palestinian and told friends he had met an American tourist, Sally, from Jerusalem on the Internet.  

Using the Rahum’s computer, experts on international crime managed to gather information on the suspect from correspondence between her and the Israeli youngster.  

According to a report by The Jerusalem Post on the arrest, both Rahum and the woman were telling their friends about their affair, and it was believed that members of Palestinian Fateh movement were following up the details.  

On Wednesday morning, the Israeli schoolboy traveled to Jerusalem where he probably met Amana, who then drove him toward Ramallah. “At a prearranged location near El-Bireh, she bolted from the car, another vehicle drove up and three Palestinian gunmen inside shot Rahum more than 15 times.” 

One of the attackers then drove off with Rahum's body and dumped it in an Israeli-controlled area, while the others fled in the second vehicle, according to the report. 

The Palestinian Authority denounced the killing, saying it opposed attacks against civilians despite the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to Palestinian news agency WAFA.  

Palestinian media also reported at that time the arrest of a number of youths had for the killing. They said the motivation was criminal rather than nationalistic –

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