The murder of the Fogel family was one of the most sick and depraved acts of murder that anyone has seen in a long, long time. And, the smiling, exultant faces of the murderers plumbed the depths of depravity even further.
We now have a whole society rallying around and praising this despicable depravity.
God judges a society not just by what they do, but also by what they allow – and even more by what they celebrate. The official voice of the Palestinian people has praised one of the worst examples of inhumanity that I have ever seen, and not one Palestinian voice has been heard to protest this atrocity.
I know that there are Palestinians who are horrified by the murder of the Fogels, and by how their society has responded. They are horrified and sickened.
Unfortunately, they remain silent.
This is a mistake.
If good and just Palestinians remain silent while their leadership claims to speak for them, then they too will bear the guilt of their nation and suffer the consequences.
There is a Judge, and He is not indifferent to the affairs of mankind.
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants
– Deuteronomy 30:19 (NASB)
Mother of Hakim Awad, killer of 5 Fogel family members:
“My greetings to dear Hakim, the apple of my eye, who carried out the operation in Itamar, sentenced to 5 life sentences”
Aunt of Hakim Awad: “Hakim Awad, the hero, the legend”
PA TV host: “We [PA TV] also convey our greetings to them”
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Twice last week, official Palestinian Authority TV broadcast greetings to the murderers of the Fogel family from the relatives of the killers and from the PA TV host.
On March 11, 2011, five members of the Fogel family were killed in their home in the Israeli town Itamar by Palestinian terrorists from the Awad family. Hakim Awad led the attack, killing the parents Ehud and Ruth and three of their children, aged 11 years, 4 years, and 2 months.
The weekly PA TV program For You dedicated to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons let the mother and aunt of one of the murderers praise the terrorists as “heroes.” After the mother of the murderer Hakim Awad explained how she is prevented from visiting her son for security reasons, the PA TV host said: “Go ahead, sister, we can convey your voice.”
On the phone, Hakim Awad’s mother “blesses” her “dear son,” and despite the fact that participants in this TV program normally do not mention the terror attacks for which their relatives are serving time, the mother mentions that her son is the one who “carried out the operation in Itamar and sentenced to 5 life sentences,” referring to her son’s brutal killings in the town Itamar.
Hakim Awad’s aunt also participated in the program and referred to the terrorists involved in the killings as “heroes,” calling Hakim Awad “the hero, the legend.” This prompted the PA TV host to add: “We, for our part, also convey our greetings to them.”
It was Hakim Awad who killed Ehud and Ruth Fogel and their young children with a knife. The other Awad family members praised on the program as “heroes” were either accessories to the murders or helped destroy evidence.
Although this was a phone conversation, the editors of the PA TV program and its host did know in advance that the callers were relatives of the Fogel murderers. The host introduced them before the conversation took place and a text with the names of the callers appeared at the bottom of the screen: “Prisoner Hakim Awad’s family / Awarta – Nablus.”
The program was broadcast on official PA TV on January 19 and 21.