Saturday, March 12, 2011

Names of family killed in Itamar released

The names of the Israeli family murdered at Itamar were released today. These are their faces (from Ynet):
Yoav Fogel, 11
Ruth Fogel, the mother
Udi Fogel, the father
Hadas, three months old.
Elad Fogel, 4

The names of the five family members who were killed in the West Bank settlement of Itamar were released Saturday.The victims are Udi Fogel, 37, Ruth Fogel, 36, Yoav Fogel, 10, four-year-old Elad Fogel, and three-months old Hadas Fogel.

The Fogel family was killed Friday night when a suspected terrorist broke into their home in the West Bank settlement of Itamar and stabbed them all to death.

According to police, the suspect broke into the house armed with a knife and stabbed parents Udi and Ruth, along with three of their children, Yoav, Elad, and Hadas Fogel. Magen David Adom rescue services arrived at the scene and found them all dead.

The family's 12-year-old daughter, who was at a youth group activity, returned to her home at approximately midnight and her calls for the door to be opened for her went unanswered. With the help of a neighbor, they managed to open the door and came upon the horrible murder scene.
While many mourn, some depraved people rejoice. From Getty Images today, in Rafah, Gaza:

A Palestinian man distributes sweets in the streets of the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on March 12, 2011 to celebrate an attack which killed five Israeli settlers at the Itamar settlement near the West Bank city of Nablus.


  1. hi Rebecca, yes you're right; people do find your blog looking for material using key words...tonight I was looking for the dates and names of the slaughtered Family Fogel, A"H...and found your blog.
    What really surprises me is the lack of emotion when you mention their names and ages.
    Are you deliberately being factual without any feelings conveyed?

    Vardi Jacobs, also a Jewish Studies high school teacher in Melbourne, Australia, born in Israel.

  2. Thanks for the comment, Vardi. The body of the post is taken from the Haaretz article on the murders - it's journalistic style not to write in an emotional way. That doesn't mean that I didn't find the murders very upsetting.