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Israeli family slaughtered by terrorist

A Palestinian terrorist broke into a home of young Jewish  family living in the Samarian community of Itamar and brutally murdered the five members of the family as they slept.

report by Ryan Jones

Murdered familyA Palestinian terrorist on Friday night quietly slipped into a home in the Samarian Jewish community of Itamar and butchered five members of the family living there as they slept.

The terrorist broke in through a living room window. He missed eight-year-old Roi Fogel, who was sleeping on the couch, and proceeded to a nearby bedroom where he slashed the throats of the father, Uri Fogel, and his 3-month-old baby, Hadas, who was sleeping with him.

At that moment, the mother, Ruth, came out of the bathroom and was quickly murdered as she looked with horror on the bodies of her dead loved ones.

The killer moved on to the children’s bedrooms, where he executed 11-year-old Yoav, who was reading in bed at the time, and stabbed three-year-old Elad twice in the heart as he slept. The terrorist missed two-year-old Shai Fogel, who was sleeping in another room.

Also surviving the attack was 12-year-old Tamar Fogel, who only returned home from a friend’s house after the attack was over. With the help of a neighbor, Tamar woke her sleeping brother who then unlocked the front door that the terrorist had locked to cover his escape.

It was then that Tamar and Roi Fogel discovered the nightmare that had visited their happy home.
The Israeli army immediately launched a manhunt for the perpetrator and any possible accomplices, and announced that due to the extreme severity of the attack, the operation will be “blue-and-white” only - meaning Israel will be hunting the killers alone, and not working together with Palestinian security forces.

Palestinian terrorists who in the past were caught first by Palestinian Authority police were able to spend a short time in jail before being prematurely released to resume their attacks on Israelis. The IDF is determined that the butcher of the Fogel family will not be given that luxury.
Young Jewish residents of Samaria reacted to the attack by setting up roadblocks and hurling stones at passing Palestinian cars and houses in nearby Palestinian villages. Meanwhile, the government responded by approving the construction of hundreds of new housing units in a number of Jewish settlements.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad issued vague condemnations of the attack, reiterating that they are against all violence that targets civilians, but clearly trying to draw a parallel between the massacre of the Fogel family and Israeli anti-terror military operations.
Abbas “stressed his rejection and condemnation of all violence directed against civilians, regardless of who was behind it or the reason for it,” according to a statement released by his office.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted that while Abbas and Fayyad say what they must for international consumption, it is the anti-Jewish incitement they permit and even facilitate in Palestinian society that leads to such atrocities.

“A society that allows wild incitement like this, leads to the murder of children,” Netanyahu said. Palestinian television, schoolbooks and performances regularly demonize the Jews, while summer camps and public squares are named after the most successful of Palestinian terrorists.

A group affiliated with Abbas’ own Fatah faction later came forward and claimed responsibility for the attack. The group, known as the Al Aqsa Brigades, released a statement calling the brutal slaughter of the Fogel family a “natural response” to “Israeli crimes.”
In cold, unsympathetic tones the statement referred to the killer as a “combatant” who “killed all five Zionists who were in the house” and then “returned home safely after conducting his mission successfully.”


  • Has this incident been reported in the world's media?
  • Would it have been reported in the world's media if the identities of attacker and victims had been  reversed?
  See: Lies, d..n lies, and media headlines

Murdered boyFootnote: The Fogel family has given permission for photographs of the scene to be posted and redistributed online to show people around the world the cruelty with which Jews are targeted in their own homeland. They are brutal and graphic.

 Tamar Fogel, the 12-year-old who discovered her murdered family in Itamar 

Ryan Jones, 15/03/2011

Pawlo 15/03/2011 13:08
This video is hard to watch but shows the extent of this horrific crime.

Alec (Guest) 15/03/2011 13:13

Has this incident been reported in the world's media?
Would it have been reported in the world's media if the identities of attacker and victims had been reversed?

Answer: Yes - it was all over the internet and has been for the past few days. Try Google, CNN, BBC, Yahoo....

Answer 2; Yes it probably woudl have been reported - brutal murders usually are

And the point you are trying to make is what exactly?

I have heard of leading questions before , but these take the biscuit.....
Pawlo 15/03/2011 13:33
Alec, I would agree with you to some extent, however if this had been a Palastinian family then there would have been a much greater outcry.

Pawlo 15/03/2011 13:39
The Video posted above was removed from youtube and facebook within a couple of hours. Many are wondering why, that is probably part of the reason for those questions Alec.
Alec (Guest) 15/03/2011 14:56
It was probably removed because of the nature of the material - pics of murdered kids is very much the stock in trade of the "gore" sites of which Ogrish used to be the most notorious. The T&C for YouTube are particularly strict, so I am not surprised it was pulled from there

Mind you, there is a lot of stuff on YouTube which is really not for under-18s yet is still readily accesible. Snuff movies will not last long however.

I think its a case of "dead kids" is just a bit too far.

Islamist terrorosts used to like spreading videos of beheadings of "infidels" because they know of the propaganda value

I suspect the Israelis are doing the same with this - look how evil these perpetrators and their enablers are. Which is pretty cloes to the mark....

Either way, it is hideous stuff to see, but whenever atrocities are commited it is important that there is proper balance and fair reporting.

Trouble with the Mid East is that both sides are so entrenched and so "right" in their own eyes that it is hard to see how any rapprochement is possible

Less so now

I was going to compare this mess with noerthern Ireland, but even the worst terrorists their drew the line at kids. I think......

Pawlo 16/03/2011 19:15
Abbas- Palastinians unfairly accused for Itamar deaths.

This after the Fatah linked al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade claim responsibility saying "It was a natural response to Israeli crimes."
Prayer Lettter (Guest) 19/03/2011 18:02
Note that the battle [with Amalek] was won by a combination of two things: Israel physically fought the Amalekites, and Moses prayed and interceded on Israel’s behalf. So long as Moses was able to pray and uphold the authority of God by faith over the situation (symbolized by the rod of God in his hand), Israel prevailed. In the end, aided by Hur and Aaron, Moses prayed through, and Israel was victorious on the battlefield. Prayer and intercession had a huge part in the battle.

During King Saul’s reign, this enemy rears its head again. (See 1 Samuel chapters 14 and 15) Saul’s disobedience to utterly destroy King Agag and his people leaves the door open for the descendants of Amalek to appear once again, the next time in Persia.

Approximately 500 years later, Haman the Amalekite arose in wrath, purposing to destroy the remnant of the Jews who were remained in Persia. Fifty years before this time, Cyrus the king of Persia had invited the Jews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. The Jews who did not go, perhaps out of disobedience to the Lord, or other because of other circumstances, most likely felt vulnerable in the diaspora, downcast and demoralized.

It was at that threatening time that the Lord raised up Esther and Mordechai, in a mighty act of intercession and prayer, to save the Jewish people from destruction.

We celebrate this deliverance to this day as a reminder of the great and mighty power of God to save – the God who answers prayer and intercession.


This very week the Israeli navy intercepted a ship bound for Alexandria, Egypt, with a cargo containing fifty tons of weapons and ammunition: a gift to Hamas from Iran.

The plain truth is that many of the nations and peoples surrounding Israel are bent on destroying her, and wiping her off of the map. Almost the same words quoted from the Bible are in their mouths today; the same spirit and the same intention burns in their hearts.

We especially note that at the time of the Jews’ greatest plight and suffering, the Holocaust, the Arabs in Palestine made a pact with Hitler to aid him in his goal of destroying the Jewish people.

These words, spoken by the Living God, are as applicable today as they were approximately 3500 years ago, “How he met you on the way and attacked your rear ranks, all the stragglers at your rear, when you were tired and weary; and he did not fear God.”

Nothing has changed: not the enemy, and NOT GOD. Therefore, the call to pray and intercede goes forth.

Never has the future of the Jewish people looked more bleak, from the human point of view, more promising from the Lord’s point of view, and more challenging from the intercessor’s point of view.

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