Saturday, March 12, 2011

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Arab Terrorists Murder Family in Samaria; 3 Children Flee Alive

Adar Bet 6, 5771, 12 March 11 08:02 by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

( Arab terrorists executed their own ”price tag” policy for the elimination and relaxation of security checkpoints and murdered five people in a family in the Jewish community of Itamar, in northeast Samaria, around 11p.m. Friday night.

The only survivors were a 12-year-old girl, who returned from a Bnei Akiva event to discover her parents and three of her brothers and sisters dead in pools of blood, and two younger brothers, who were sleeping a separate room.

The victims of the brutal murders at Itamar, in Samaria, Friday night are Rabbi Udi Fogel, his wife Ruth, 11-year-old Yoav, four-year-old Elad and three-month-old Hadas. Rabbi Fogel taught at the Itamar post-high school yeshiva, whose senior rabbi is former IDF Chief Rabbi Avi Ronsky.

The brutal murders followed dozens of warnings from nationalists and leaders in Judea and Samaria that the constant easing of security procedures, implemented by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, would be the prelude to terrorist attacks.

The army is investigating the attack, but it already is known that the security fence did not include cameras and other equipment requested by Itamar, according to Shomron (Samaria) regional Council chairman Gershon Mesika.

An electronic warning system at the fence did not function.

The United States, which has pressured Israel to ease security procedures, condemned the attacks and offered its condolences to the survivors and “to the Israeli people.” It urged the Palestinian Authority to "unequivocally" condemn the murders.

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