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, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), an NGO tracking Palestinian media
outlets said in a statement Sunday.
On March 11, 2011, five members of
the Fogel family were killed in their home in the West Bank settlement of Itamar
by Palestinian terrorists from the Awad family. Hakim Awad led the attack,
killing parents Ehud and Ruth and three of their children, aged 11, four, and
On the weekly TV program For You, dedicated to Palestinian
prisoners in Israeli prisons, Awad’s mother praised the terrorists as
After explaining how she was prevented from visiting her son
for security reasons, the PA TV host said: “Go ahead, sister, we can convey your
Awad’s mother blessed 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 mentioned 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 settlement.
also participated in the program and referred to the terrorists involved in the
killings as “heroes,” calling Awad “the hero, the legend.” This prompted the PA
TV host to add: “We, for our part, also convey our greetings to
According to PMW, the editors of the program and its host knew in
advance that the callers were relatives of the Fogel murderers.
introduced the callers 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.