Posted by: Elena's Israel Blog | 03/23/2011

Fogel Family Massacre

This is an unbearably sad story. Although very few TV and radio stations are publicizing this, know that last week in the West Bank town of Itamar, Israel, a horrendous murder took place by Palestinian Arab terrorists who jumped over an electronic security fence around 10:30 Friday night. They broke into the Fogel home via infant Hadas’ nursery window to carry out the 5 stabbing murders of Rabbi and IDF tank unit officer Udi Fogel, his wife Ruth, 11-year-old Yoav, four-year-old Elad (in bed with his parents) and three-month-old Hadas while they slept. Only Ruth showed signs of having been awake and struggling. It is reported that there were celebrations in Gaza that night, just as there were on 9-11.

Prime Minister Netanyahu stated, “I noticed that several states which rushed to condemn Israel for building a house in some place are taking their time in condemning the murder of children.” He also said he was shocked by the ambiguous condemnation of Palestinian Authority leaders. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas stated, “Violence will only bring more violence – we must hurry to find a comprehensive, just solution to the conflict.”

Netanyahu responded to that: “I am disappointed by the weak and mumbled statements. This is not how one condemns terrorism. This is not how one fights terrorism. See how Israeli prime ministers, myself among them, have reacted in similar situations, but there has never been anything like this, in which terrorists entered a home and cut children’s throats. This requires sharp and unequivocal condemnation. This requires something else. This requires a halt to the incitement…. The time has come to stop this double-talk in which the Palestinian Authority outwardly talks peace, and allows – and sometimes leads – incitement at home. The time has come to stop the incitement and begin educating their people for peace.

Tamar Fogel, 12 year old daughter of the Fogels, was not at home during the murders. She arrived home to the bloody scenes in her baby sister’s, brother’s and parents’ bedrooms. Miraculously, two other brothers were not noticed by the terrorists and survived. Tamar is a remarkable young lady with a strong Jewish spirit. Listen to this interview where she demonstrates that spirit.

Interview with Tamar Fogel

Tamar says “I will be strong and succeed in overcoming this. I understand the task that stands before me, and I will be a mother to my siblings.”

Udi Fogel was buried at the Har Menuchot Cemetery in Jerusalem alongside his wife Ruth and their three children. The Fogels are survived by their daughter Tamar, and sons Ro’ie, 8 and Yishai, 2.

Will you pray for Tamar as she takes on the responsibility of herself and her brothers and pray for the peace of Jerusalem? (Psalms 122:6)



  1. I had not heard about this massacre until reading it here. It is just so sad and I feel so bad for this 12 year old child having to suddenly take on these adult responsibilities in addition to dealing emotionally with the loss of most of her immediate family and trying to come to grips with the manner in which they were deprived of their lives. It was just so cruel and needless. I will pray for her that the Lord will protect her and teach her to rely on Him every day and give her the strength and presence of mind to take care of her two siblings.

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