Ruth Fogel was in the bathroom when the Palestinian terrorists pounced on her
husband Udi and their three-month-old daughter Hadas, slitting their throats as
they lay in bed on Friday night in their home in Itamar.
stabbed Ruth to death as she came out of the bathroom. With both parents and the
newborn dead, they moved on to the other children, going into a bedroom where
Ruth and Udi’s sons Yoav (11) and Elad (four) were sleeping. They stabbed them
through their hearts and slit their throats.
The murderers apparently
missed another bedroom where the Fogels’ other sons, eight-year-old Ro’i and
two-year-old Yishai were asleep because they left them alive. The boys were
found by their big sister, 12-year-old Tamar, when she returned home from a
friend’s house two hours after her family was massacred.
Yishai standing over his parents’ bodies screaming for them to wake
In his eulogy at the family’s funeral on Sunday, former chief rabbi
Yisrael Meir Lau told Tamar that her job from now on is to be her surviving
In a rare move, the Prime Minister’s Office released
photos of the Fogel family’s blood-drenched corpses.
They are shown as
they were found by security forces.
There was Hadas, dead on her parents’
bed, next to her dead father Udi.
There was Elad, lying on a small throw
rug wearing socks. His little hands were clenched into fists. What was a
four-year-old to do against two grown men with knives? He clenched his fists. So
did his big brother.
Maybe the Prime Minister’s Office thought the
pictures would shock the world. Maybe Binyamin Netanyahu thought the massacre of
three little children would move someone to rethink their hatred of
That was the theme of his address to the nation Saturday
Netanyahu directed most of his words to the hostile world. He
spoke to the leaders who rush to condemn Israel at the UN Security Council every
time we assert our right to this land by permitting Jews to build homes. He
demanded that they condemn the murder of Jewish children with the same
enthusiasm and speed.
He shouldn’t have bothered.
released the photos on Saturday night. Within hours, the social activism website
My Israel posted a short video of the photographs on YouTube along with the
names and ages of the victims.
Within two hours YouTube removed the
What was Netanyahu thinking? Didn’t he get the memo that photos of
murdered Jewish children are unacceptable? If they’re published, someone might
start thinking about the nature of Palestinian society.
consider the fact that in the Palestinian Authority, anti-Jewish propaganda is
so ubiquitous and so murderous that killing the Fogel babies was an act of
heroism. The baby killers knew that by murdering Udi, Ruth, Hadas, Yoav and Elad
they would enter the pantheon of Palestinian heroes. They can expect to have a
sports stadium or school in Ramallah or Hebron built for them by the Palestinian
Authority and underwritten by American or European taxpayers.
the murder of the Fogel children and their parents was greeted with jubilation
Carnivals were held in the streets as Hamas members handed out
Obviously YouTube managers are not interested in being held
responsible for someone noticing that genocidal Jew hatred defines Palestinian
society – and the Arab world as a whole. But they really have no reason to be
concerned. Even if they had allowed the video to be posted for more than an
hour, it wouldn’t have made a difference.
The enlightened peoples of
Europe, and growing numbers of Americans, have no interest in hearing or seeing
anything that depicts Jews as good people, or even just as regular people. It is
not that the cultured, intellectual A-listers in Europe and America share the
Palestinians’ genocidal hatred of the Jewish people.
newspaper editors, television commentators, playwrights, fashion designers,
filmmakers and professors don’t spend time thinking about how to prepare the
next slaughter. They don’t teach their children from the time they are Hadas and
Elad Fogel’s ages that they should strive to become mass murderers. They would
never dream of doing these things. They know there is a division of labor in
The job of the intellectual luminaries in
Western high society today is to hate Jews the old-fashioned way, the way their
greatgrandparents hated Jews back in the days of the early 20th century before
that villain Adolf Hitler gave Jewhating a bad name.
Much has been made
of the confluence of anti-Semitic bile pouring out of the chattering classes.
From Mel Gibson to Julian Assange to Charlie Sheen to John Galliano, it seems
like a day doesn’t go by without some new celebrity exposing himself as a Jew
It isn’t that the beautiful people and their followers suddenly
decided that Jews are not their cup of tea (or rail of cocaine). It’s just that
we have reached the point where people no longer feel embarrassed to parade
negative feelings towards Jews.
A DECADE ago, the revelation that French
ambassador to Britain Daniel Bernard referred to Israel as “that shi**y little
country,” was shocking. Now it is standard fare. Everyone who is anyone will
compare Israel to Nazi Germany without even realizing this is nothing but
The post-Holocaust dam reining in anti-Semitism burst
in 2002. As Jewish children and parents like the Fogels were being murdered in
their beds, on the streets, in discotheques, cafés and supermarkets throughout
Israel, fashionable anti-Semites rejoiced at the opportunity to hate Jews in
The collective Jew, Israel was accused of everything from
genocide to infanticide to just plain nastiness.
Israel’s leaders were
caricatured as Fagin, Shylock, Pontius Pilate and Hitler on the front pages of
newspapers throughout Europe. IDF soldiers were portrayed as Nazis, and Israeli
families were dehumanized.
No longer civilians with an inherent right to
live, in universities throughout the US and Europe, Israeli innocents were
castigated as “extremist-Zionists” or “settlers” who basically deserved to be
Professors whose “academic” achievements involved publishing
sanitized postmodern versions of anti-Jewish Palestinian propaganda were granted
tenure and rewarded with lucrative book contracts.
Today, when properly
modulated, Jew hatred is a career maker. Take playwright Caryl Churchill’s
1,300- word anti-Semitic monologue Seven Jewish Children.
accuses the entire population of Israel of mass murders which were never
For her efforts, Churchill became an international celebrity.
The Royal Court Theater produced her anti- Jewish agitprop. The Guardian
featured it on its home page. When Jewish groups demanded that The Guardian
remove the blood libel from its website, the paper refused. Instead, it left the
anti-Semitic propaganda on its homepage, but in a gesture of openmindedness,
hosted a debate about whether or not Seven Jewish Children is
From London, Seven Jewish Children went on tour in Europe
and the US. In a bid to show how tolerant of dissent they are, Jewish
communities in America hosted showings of the play, which portrays Jewish
parents as monsters who train their children to become mass
Seven Jewish Children’s success was repeated by the Turkish
anti-Semitic action film Valley of the Wolves- Palestine, which premiered on
January 28 – International Holocaust Memorial Day. The hero of that film is a
Turkish James Bond character who comes to Israel to avenge his brothers, who
were killed by IDF forces on the Turkish-Hamas terror ship Mavi Marmara last
No doubt owing to the success of Seven Jewish Children and Valley of
the Wolves-Palestine and other such initiatives, anti-Semitic art and
entertainment is a growth sector in Europe.
Last month Britain struck
again. Channel 4 produced a new piece of anti-Semitic bile – a four-part
prime-time miniseries called The Promise. It presents itself as an historical
drama about Israel and the Palestinians, but its relationship with actual
history begins and ends with the wardrobes. In what has become the meme of all
European and international left-liberal salons, the only good Jews in the
mini-series are the ones who died in the Holocaust. From the show’s perspective,
every Jew who took up arms to liberate Israel from the British and defend it
from the Arabs is a Nazi.
WHAT ALL this shows is that Netanyahu was
wasting his time calling on world leaders to condemn the murder of the Fogel
family. What does a condemnation mean? France and Britain condemned the
massacre, along with the US. Does that exculpate the French and British for
their embrace of anti-Semitism? Does it make them friends of the Jewish state?
And say a British playwright sees the YouTubecensored photographs. No
self-respecting British playwright will write a play called Three Jewish
Children telling the story of how Palestinian parents do in fact teach their
children to become mass murderers of Jews. And if a playwright were to write
such a play, The Royal Court Theater wouldn’t produce it. The Guardian wouldn’t
post it on its website. Liberal Jewish community centers in America wouldn’t
show it, nor would university student organizations in Europe or
No, if someone wanted to use the photographs of Yoav’s and
Elad’s mangled corpses and clenched fists as inspiration to write a play or
feature film about the fact that the Palestinians have no national identity
outside their quest to annihilate the Jewish state, he would find no mass
The headlines describing the attack make all this
From the BBC to CNN the Fogels were not described as Israelis.
They were a “settler family.” Their murderers were “alleged
As far as the opinion makers of Europe and much of America
are concerned, the Yoavs and Hadases and Elads of Israel have no right to live
if they live in “a settlement.”
So too, they believe that Palestinians
have a right to murder Israelis who serve in the IDF and who believe that Jews
should be able to live freely wherever we want because this land belongs to
Until these genteel Jew haters learn to think otherwise, Israel
should neither seek nor care if they condemn this or any other act of
Palestinian genocide. We shouldn’t care about them at