The American Kafir

2011/03/14

Al-Aqsa Claims Responsibility For the killings of a family

Names and photos of the murdered family released: Ruth and Udi Fogel and their three children

Source Link: Israel Insider

Hadas Fogel

The victims of the butchery in Itamar were identified as Udi and Ruth Fogel. Their children Yoav (11), Elad (4) and Hadas (3 months) were stabbed to death in their beds.

Elad Fogel

Sister Tamar (12) and brother Yishai (2) survived the attack.

The Fogel family had been expelled from Netzarim in Gush Katif by the Government of Israel in its ill-conceived “disengagement” fiasco.

Mother Ruth in the background and Yoav Fogel

Udi Fogel

Netanyahu: Baby’s throat slit, no rationalizations for “baby-murderers” will be accepted

In an address to the nation after the end of the Sabbath, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his outrage and disgust at the cowardly murder of three children and their parents in the community of Itamar in Samaria. He expressed solidarity with the residents of that settlement and Israeli settlers in general, stating that terrorists would not determine the map of settlement.

Netanyahu described photographs he saw of the crime scene, showing the baby with its throat slit, covered in blood, and of the father and his son murderer in their beds, a horror that was discovered by the 12 year old daughter of the family when she returned home after a youth group outing.

Netanyahu slammed the Palestinian Authority for making only stammering and half-hearted condemnations and demanded to hear one directly and publicly from PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas as well as from the leaders of those nations who, he said, rushed to condemn Israel for building a home but don’t say a word when a Jewish family is brutally attacked by what he described as “baby murderers.”

The government is reported considering taking the rare step of publishing the photographs of the bloodbath and the murdered children.

Netanyahu blamed the PA for ongoing incitement in schools and on state-run media to kill Jews and carry out Jihad.

The PA Chairman earlier made an ambiguous comment that did not refer to the attack in Itamar. In a statement released by his office, Abbas “stressed his rejection and condemnation of all violence directed against civilians, regardless of who was behind it or the reason for it.” Abbas added that “violence produces violence and what is needed is to speed up a just and comprehensive solution to the conflict.”

Earlier, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki condemned the attack but implied that Palestinian Authority Arabs were not involved. “No Palestinian in the past killed an infant and butchered people in such way based on a nationalistic or vengeful motive,” he said. “This raises doubt as to Israel’s rush to accuse the Palestinians of committing this act.”

Israeli Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Yuli Edelstein said: “The revolting murderous attack which was perpetrated last night constitutes one of many examples, which testify that there is no partner on the other side.  While our children are slaughtered in their beds and Gazans celebrate the criminal butchery by handing out candies and cheering shouts of joy, I
ask the international community: With whom do you expect us to talk with about peace?  Why and for what reason are we to give a prize to murderers of children?  In these days of ‘Apartheid Week’, we receive a painful reminder of the results of Palestinian incitement against Israel.”

Report: Itamar massacre was first attack in Iran-funded strategy to ignite Third Intifada

DEBKAfile’s intelligence and counter-terror sources disclose that the Itamar attack was the first result of an Iran-funded secret conference in Khartoum last week of the heads of the national branches of the Muslim Brotherhood across the Arab world, at which a plan was charted for Hamas to launch a multi-casualty terrorist assaults against Israel on both sides of the Green Line – over and above missile attacks from the Gaza Strip in order to ignite the third Palestinian uprising (intifada). The Egyptian Brotherhood is the parent organization of Hamas.

This decision was a facet of a comprehensive plan drawn up in Khartoum for Brotherhood activists to fire up the uprisings in the various Arab countries. With Iranian backing and funding, the different branches resolved to coordinate operations for using the unrest to take control of Arab capitals. Iranian intelligence officers attending the conference used the occasion to set up direct contacts with Brotherhood leaders who came from Egypt, Iraq, Tunisia, Syria, Jordan, Great Britain. The Palestinian delegation representing Hamas-Gaza was headed by Mahmoud A-Zahar and Hamas-Damascus headed by Khaled Meshaal.

Read more about the plot in DebkaFile.

Gazans celebrate Israeli family massacre with candy for the kids; Fatah group claims killing credit

Residents of the Gaza city of Rafah on Saturday poured out on the streets to celebrate the terror attack in Itamar, where five family members were murdered in their homes on Sabbath eve. Their joy, one resident said, “is a natural response to the harm settlers inflict on the Palestinian residents in the West Bank.”

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, however, said he “clearly and firmly denounces the terror attack, just as I have denounced crimes against Palestinians. Palestinian PM Mahmoud Abbas has not made a statement on the murders.

IDF and security forces have scoured the area of the massacre since late Friday night, arresting 20 Palestinians from the villages of Awarta, Zababdeh, Sanur and Siliya. The IAF employed unmanned aerial vehicles in an effort to search for the suspects.

Hamas accused the Palestinian Authority’s security apparatus of arresting three of its activists nearby Qalqilya and Jenin. “The report of five murdered Israelis is not enough to punish someone,” stated Hamas Spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri, adding, “However; we in the Hamas completely support the resistance against settlers who murder and use crime and terror against the Palestinian people under the auspices of the Israeli occupation soldiers.”
Despite the comments and activities of the PA, an unverified report indicates that the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, the military wing of Fatah — the party of Abbas and Fayyad — is taking credit for the killings. A group spokesperson told a Palestinian news agency that a cell of militants infiltrated the settlement of Itamar and committed the attack. The spokesperson stressed that the attack “came as a response to Israel’s continues hostile policy toward the Palestinian people.”

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Saturday expressed his deep shock at the severe terror attack in Itamar which killed five family members, saying “this is a despicable murder of an entire innocent family, parents, children and an infant, while they were sleeping in their home on the Sabbath evening,” the PMO said.

The Prime Minister demanded from the Palestinian Authority, and from its leadership, that it assist in apprehending the murderers. “Israel will not stand by idly after such a despicable murder and will act vigorously to safeguard the lives of the citizens of Israel and punish the murderers.” Netanyahu was briefed during the night on the murderous incident at Itamar and directed the IDF and security services to act in a wide-ranging and determined manner in order to apprehend the murderers.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak held an assessment meeting at his command center in Tel Aviv, following the attack. with Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and other military and intelligence officials attending. Barak called on the leaders of the Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria to act responsibly and urged the Palestinian leadership to denounce the attack.

Ron Nachman, mayor of adjacent city Ariel, arrived in Itamar Saturday noon and expressed anger over the government and defense minister’s conduct. “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. Nachman refused to comment on future “price tag” operations of radical rightist, saying: “I am not responsible for violent acts from either side.”

Check stories in JPost, Haaretz, YnetNews

Previous Israel Insider story with map and video here: Arab intruders stab to death five members of Jewish family in Itamar

Arab intruders stab to death five members of Jewish family in Itamar

On Sabbath eve, after ten, at least two Arab terrorists entered the Jewish community of Itamar and stabbed to death a father, mother, and three of their children: a boy of 11, a toddler of 3, and an infant. Their 12-year old child returned home after midnight and discovered the grisly scene of the attack and called for help, managing to remove two other siblings from the house in circumstances that are not yet clear.

Paramedics arriving on the scene around 1am saw signs of life only in the 3 year old but desperate resuscitation efforts failed and the child was pronounced dead at the scene with the other four members of his family.

Veteran reporters were shaken by photographs of the crime scene, describing it as one of the most horrific attacks ever in the West Bank.

Authorities initially requested that Itamar residents remain indoors but now believe that the attackers escaped. The army has re-established checkpoints that were removed as “gestures” to the Palestinians under pressure from the United States.

The new Chief of Staff, Gen. Benny Gantz, arrived on the scene with other senior officers and IDF forces and vowed to capture the murders and bring them to justice.

Hamas Websites hailed the murder as “heroic,” without taking responsibility.

Map from Israel’s Story in maps. Use only with attributed link to this article.

DEBKAfile reports that there were no terror alerts prior to the attack, although Hamas networks had been known to be regrouping in Judea and Samaria for the purpose of attacking and kidnapping Israelis on both sides of the Green Line. Several Palestinians were recently detained at the few remaining West Bank checkposts carrying pipe bombs, knives and fire bombs.

Despite the spate of attempts at infiltration, the IDF did not recommend putting any of the checkposts back even though the Palestinian Authority’s security services had slowed down their counter-terror cooperation with Israel, therefore failing to keep their side of the bargain for the removal of the checkpoints. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak yielded to intense US and European pressure to grant West Bank Palestinians almost unrestricted freedom of movement in a vain attempt to persuade PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas to return to the bargaining table.  As a result, Palestinian traffic between Nablus in the north and Hebron in the south is effectively unmonitored. Israel is left with no recourse other than relying on intelligence informants as its only tool for preventing terrorist attacks and more likely, for locating terrorists after their attacks. That was the case this bloody Sabbath evening in Itamar.

The settlement of Itamar has suffered brutal attacks in the past. In June 2002, a Palestinian terrorist burst into the home of the Shabo family and opened fire. Rachel Shabo, the mother of the family, and three of her children, were murdered. Another two children were seriously injured. Yossi Tuito, who served as commander of the neighborhood preparedness team, was also shot to death as he approached the family’s house in order to help. After more than an hour of exchanging gunfire with Israeli soldiers, the Palestinian terrorist was killed. During the gunfight, the Shabo house caught fire and burned down.

PA Condemnation Of Itamar Attack Not Good Enough – Netanyahu

March 12, 2011

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Palestinian Authority’s statements thus far were not harsh enough for an attack in which five members of the same family were stabbed to death in their beds leaving three orphans behind, Jerusalem Post reported March 12. He called on the countries of the world that rush to the United Nations to condemn planned Israeli building to rush to condemn the Itamar terror attack in the same way.

Abbas Calls Netanyahu, Expresses Condolences For Itamar Attack

March 12, 2011

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and expressed his condolences for the murder of the family in Itamar, Ynet reported March 12. Netanyahu told Abbas that they cannot be content with condemnations of such attacks, that they must stop the incitement and educate the Palestinian people about peace. He said, “the murder of babies in their sleep is only for the sake of murder.”

Palestinian President Abbas Condemns Attacks

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on March 12 said he condemned the killings of five family members in an Israeli settlement regardless of who was responsible, WAFA reported. He said “violence produces violence” and he called for a “just and comprehensive solution to the conflict.”

Attack Condemned In White House Statement

U.S. White House officials condemned the killings of a family of five in an Israeli settlement, Haaretz reported March 12, citing a statement. The statement said there is no justification for the killings in the family’s home and called on the Palestinian Authority to condemn the attack and hold the attackers accountable. Speaking to AP, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad also condemned the attack.

18 Palestinians Detained By Israeli Army

The Israeli army arrested at least 18 Palestinians in the Nablus area of the West Bank as the army sought suspects in the deaths of five settlers in a nearby Jewish settlement, Xinhua reported March 12, citing Palestinian witnesses. The suspects were taken to several villages near Itamar settlement. The army deemed Nablus a closed military zone, installing additional checkpoints and preventing Palestinians from entering or leaving, witnesses said.

Al-Aqsa Claims Responsibility For Attack

Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the killings of a family in a West Bank settlement, Haaretz reported March 11, citing a statement. Calling the attack heroic, the statement said the act was in response to killings of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The statement said Israelis’ crimes will not go unpunished.

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