הותר לפרסום: עמירם בן אוליאל, בן 21 מירושלים, הוא הנאשם ברצח בני משפחת דוואבשה בכפר דומא pic.twitter.com/QWoqXG0Syk
— חדשות 2 (@Channel2News) January 3, 2016
Channel 2 has tweeted that Amiram Benoliel has been charged with the murder of the Dawabsheh family. Haaretz adds another minor, Elisha Odess, whose identity I first reported here, is also charged in the attack. Maariv adds he is accused of planning the attack but never showed up at the assignation the night of the arson attack. He is one of two suspects charged as members of the larger terror cell, who is a U.S. citizen.
This means, though the tweet didn’t say this, that Shabak has lifted the gag against reporting Benoliel’s involvement in the crime. It does not note what I have that Benoliel is the only one of the suspects so far to have confessed to the crime. The tweet names him as the murderer, which seems odd to me since there are three others. Their names remain under gag, though I’ve named them as well. It appears that the other two, Hanoch Ganiram and Tsur Bengusi are suspects in other serious terror acts, but not directly charged with the Dawabsheh murders.
Israel Keller, a U.S. citizen, was also arrested as part of the plot. But no word on his status.
I identified Benoliel as a suspect last month. Ten days ago, I noted his confession. Each of these were my exclusive reports. Now, let’s wait to see how the media report the story in Israel. Yossi Melman has started the ball rolling and shown his own true colors as a journalist by refusing to acknowledge my reporting in the Maariv report linked above. I throw down the gauntlet here and now to others: do journalism the way it should be done and credit original reporting.