Itamar is a small, close knit Jewish community in Samaria.
Today, it became a scene of horror, as Arab terrorists infiltrated it, broke into a home and massacred the Fogel family. May a Righteous G-d avenge their blood.
Here's what occurred, based on what I'm hearing form my sources.
On Friday night around 10:30 PM,during the Jewish Sabbath, the terrorists cut through the fence and entered the house through the living room picture window. They didn't notice the 6-year-old boy sleeping on the couch and continued on to the bedroom where they cut the throats of the father, Udi, 36 and newborn baby girl Hadas, 3 months, who were sleeping there together. The mother, Ruth, age 35 came out of the bathroom and was stabbed there multiple times, on the threshold. Forensic evidence indicates that she tried to fight for her life. The Arabs then proceeded into another bedroom, and slit the throat of the 11-year old-son Yoav who was reading in bed. They did not see the 2-year old asleep in his bed, but murdered the 3-year old Elad with two stabs to his heart. After that, they locked the door, exited through the window and escaped.
The Fogels' 12-year-old daughter, Tamar who was visiting a neighbor returned home an hour or so later and found the door locked. She asked a neighbor, Rabbi Yaakov Cohen, of the Itamar Yeshiva, to help her. The Rabbi noticed tracks and mud near the house, so he came armed. The two woke up the 6-year old sleeping in the living room by calling through the window and when he opened the door, the Rabbi returned to his home. When she entered the bedrooms, the young daughter saw what had happened to her family and ran out of the house screaming, after which the Rabbi ran back and fired several shots in the air to alert Itamar's security.
Within a short time, the police and IDF forces arrived and began searching for the killers. At 03:30 AM, military trackers discovered footprints leading to the Arab village of Avrata.
Magen David Adom ambulance service teams were promptly called in, but could do nothing. MDA spokesman Zaki Heller said the ambulance service got the call around 1 AM.
“When rescue forces entered the house they encountered a very difficult sight...There were five people there who were hurt. We could do nothing but pronounce them dead,” he said.
Paramedic Kabaha Muayua was among the first responders at the site and described the horrific scene he encountered.
“We could not help the first four stab victims. Following an inspection of the scene I spotted an infant of about three who still had a pulse. We engaged in lengthy resuscitation efforts but had to pronounce him dead,” he said. “The murder scene was shocking. Kids’ toys right next to pools of blood.”
I thought about this for a long time, but I decided to post these photos, even though they're quite graphic. They were released with the permission of the family, who had the courage to allow this so that so you can see exactly what was done to the Fogels and what sort of enemies we are up against.They could be your family.
In the aftermath, residents in Gaza celebrated this latest 'operation' in typical fashion handing out candy to passerbys, honking their automobile horns, firing guns in the air and ululating.
To them, this is a holy act, sanctified by the Qu'ran and the Hadiths:
“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (9:29).
When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks, then when you have made wide slaughter among them, tie fast the bonds, then set them free, either by grace or ransom, until the war lays down its burdens. - 47:4
“Thou wilt indeed find them,[The Jews] of all people, most greedy of life,-even more than the idolaters: Each one of them wishes He could be given a life of a thousand years: But the grant of such life will not save him from (due) punishment. For Allah sees well all that they do.” (2:96)
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 52, Number 177:Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.”
According to another source, it wasn't Hamas at all, but a unit of the Al-Aksa Martyr's brigade, who are on Fatah's payroll. In the end, it hardly matters who actually committed the murders.
'Palestinian' unelected Prime Minister Selim Fayyad said "...we categorically oppose violence and terror, regardless of the identity of the victims or the perpetrators."
That, of course, was his way of equating the IDF with the murderers of the Fogel family.
And the White House essentially said almost the same thing: "There is no possible justification for the killing of parents and children in their home. We call on the Palestinian Authority to unequivocally condemn this terrorist attack."
Needless to say, when the 'Palestinians' give honorary citizenship to child murderers and make them national heroes, 'condemnation' is pretty meaningless, especially in English.
You might also recall that the last the time 'Palestinian Authority' arrested terrorist murders, they freed them after keeping them in 'jail' for four months.
Fortunately, the IDF recaptured four out of five of them in an overnight operation in Hevron, but that was no thanks to Israel's 'peace partners.'
Shomron Regional Council Head Gershon Mesika blamed Defense Minister Ehud Barak for removing check points in the areas between the Palestinian Authority in Shechem (Nablus) and the Jewish communities in the area. I agree with him.
Ron Nachman, mayor of the city of Ariel, arrived in Itamar Saturday noon and said:
"We need to find those behind the attack and give them the death penalty. I can't recall such a horrific terror attack," he said.
National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau said that 'Palestinian Authority' President Mahmoud Abbas was responsible for the terrorist attack in Itamar because he continued to allow incitement against Jews and Israel in the schools, mosques and media.
"Behind the murderer of the family in Itamar stands Abu Mazen [Abbas], the "peace partner," who founded the official educational system in the Palestinian Authority, which teaches hatred of Jews and presents child killers as role models," Landau said in a statement.
Any other country would have broken off all relations with the 'Palestinians' long ago.
Netanyahu is going to have to make a decision. What comes first, protecting the people and the land of Israel or shuffling to President Obama's fiddle? I appreciate his position, but the time for dancing on cracks is over. And if he continues to do it, the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria are going to take matters into their own hands, that I guarantee you.
With evil this direct, this implacable, one cannot compromise or negotiate.
Melanie Phillips has more, here.