?I woke up to wonderful news this morning and yelled out ?hooray? when I heard that soldiers had shot and killed David?s murder [sic], Amjad Hinawi,? Joyce Boim told The Jerusalem Post. ?We have been waiting nearly ten years for justice to be served. I would be thrilled to personally meet the soldier who pulled the trigger.?
Hours earlier, the army announced that Hinawi was shot and killed by security forces during a raid in Nablus to nab Hamas fugitives. The Boims, like the rest of the public, heard the news on the radio.
Hinawi was one of two terrorists who in May 1996 shot and murdered Boim?s son David, 17, outside Beit El, where he was waiting to take a bus home to Har Nof in Jerusalem. Boim, who had joint US and Israeli citizenship, was an 11th grade yeshiva student at the community?s high school.
Hinawi reportedly turned himself over to Palestinian Authority security forces shortly after Boim?s murder. Hinawi was confined to a PA prison for 21 months prior to a May 1998 trial in which a PA court in Jericho sentenced him to ten years? hard labor for his complicity in the attack. Shortly after he was sentenced, PA security officials granted Hinawi a furlough, and he never returned.
Years ago, I interviewed Joyce Boim. My co-host, Dennis Prager was at the time a strong supporter of the Oslo idea of "land-for-peace." I asked Dennis to introduce her. He said that if that were his son, he would have hired a hit man to hunt down the murderer. Fortunately for Dennis, he was speaking from Los Angeles because that is precisely the kind of talk that could be prosecuted in the leftist-dominated Israeli justice system.
I believe it also was a key moment in Dennis' disillusionment with the "peace process." Later he would declare to his national audience that he had been a "moron." In actuality I believe he was one of the few in the pro-Oslo camp with intellectual integrity once the Palestinian Authority was unmasked as having never given up terror as their prime objective.