The Fogels were a young Israeli family of six who lived in the town of Itamar in Samaria. It’s one of those towns Israel is always being pressured to rub off the map, as part of the long process of rubbing Israel off the map.
Last Friday, while the family’s 12-year-old daughter Tamar was away at a youth event, terrorists from the Palestinian al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade slipped through the minimal security around Itamar, entered the Fogel home, and slaughtered the entire family with knives. Udi Fogel was 36, while his wife Ruth was 35. Their sons Yoav and Elad were 11 and 4. Their daughter Hadas was three months old. She died on the bed next to her parents with her throat slashed.
The surviving Fogel daughter came home to find her family lying in pools of their own blood, with throats cut and chests torn open. When paramedics arrived, four-year-old Elad was still barely alive, but they couldn’t save him. A stricken paramedic described the murder scene as “shocking… kid’s toys right next to pools of blood.”
The Israel National News service has been providing extensive details of the attack. The article at the end of this link contains a further link to photos of the atrocity, which the Fogel family granted permission to publish, because they want the world to understand “the horrific reality of murdering children and babies in their sleep, simply because they are Jewish.”
The other horrific reality that must be understood is the Palestinians who “hit the streets Saturday to celebrate the terror attack in the West Bank settlement of Itamar,” as reported by Ynet News. They “handed out candy and sweets,” in what one Palestinian described as “a natural response to the harm settlers inflict on the Palestinian residents in the West Bank.”
The Palestinian Prime Minister issued the usual vague denunciation of violence in general, while refusing to condemn the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade directly, even though they have openly claimed responsibility. Naturally, his statement was qualified with the standard “just as I have denounced crimes against Palestinians” moral equivalency clause.
The editor-in-chief of a Palestinian newspaper noted in a Sunday editorial that the “real murderers in Itamar are the zealous settlers and anyone who burned a tree, vandalized the cemetery in Awarta, forced out the residents of Khirbet Yanun, took control of a plot of land or robbed an olive harvest.” You call it slaughter, they call it agriculture gone horribly wrong.
As Philip Klein of the American Spectator observes, the Palestinian editor was grudgingly willing to condemn the “heartless” murder of the Fogel family, “in the event it was carried out by Palestinians.” Terrorist spin doctors work extra hard at torturing logic to earn their murder candy.
The Israeli Defense Force is still hunting for the killers. It doesn’t look as if they can expect much help from the peace-loving Palestinian populace. The world has indulged a “government” which indulges barbarians for far too long. It must be incredibly painful for those who loved the Fogels to send images of their bloody murders around the world, but they understand that mass graves are dug from the willful ignorance of atrocity.
The American press, which looks to liberal politicians for its editorial guidance, is still in a state of stunned denial about Itamar. The big papers write as if some anonymous band of “settlers” were killed in a home invasion robbery that spiraled out of control. They know the political elites of the world have written a narrative for the Israeli settlements that has no room for innocent families slaughtered by bloodthirsty savages. They think often of vandalized cemeteries and stolen olive harvests.
The West will surgically extract the images of dancing Palestinians celebrating this horrifying savagery from its mind, just as it convinced itself to ignore the sweets they were passing around while the cloud of debris from the World Trade Center still hung over New York on 9/11. Our ruling class holds too many illusions that would not survive the taste of that candy.