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March 10, 2014 5:03 pm

Three Years Later: Fogel Family Massacre Commemorated in Itamar

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The victims of the Itamar massacre.

The three-year Hebrew anniversary of the infamous Fogel family massacre, which took place in the West Bank town of Itamar, was memorialized on Monday, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

An official commemoration was held at Mishkan Ehud, a study and prayer complex built in honor of the slain family members.

On March 11th, 2011, two teenage cousins from a nearby Arab village scaled the security fence surrounding Itamar. They crawled through the window of the Fogel home and, once inside, murdered parents Udi and Ruth, and their children: 11-year-old Yoav, 4-year-old Elad and 3-month-old Hadas.

Three children survived: 14-year-old Tamar, 10-year-old Roi and 4-year-old Yishai.

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One attendee at Monday’s memorial service was Minister Naftali Bennett, who later wrote on his Facebook page, “I saw many things [at the commemoration] that symbolized an Israeli victory over the murderers of the Fogel family: many pregnant women, a construction boon, Jewish unity, thriving agriculture, Torah study, Joy, Tamar Fogel’s bravery.”

Among the surviving family members, eldest daughter Tamar has remained in the headlines as a result of her appearance several months ago at demonstrations against the scheduled release of convicted Palestinian Arab murderers from Israeli prisons. The felons were freed as part of a pending peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Tamar has also become an advocate for the release of imprisoned Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard and even visited him in his prison cell a year after the slaying of her family members.

While Tamar has earned praised for her strength, the entire Fogel family continues to cope with an indescribable loss three years after the only world they knew was brutalized beyond recognition, Channel 2 said.

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