One Year After the Fogel Family Murders, the Community Rebuilds

It takes more than a murderer's knife to kill the Jewish spirit.  One year after five members of the Fogel family were brutally stabbed to death, the residents of their small farming community in the West Bank dedicated a new religious school in their honor. Itamar, a quiet hilltop town surrounded by hostile Arab villages, has earned a tragic distinction as "the most wounded community."  Since its founding in 1984, a series of terror attacks has killed twenty-two people (including nine children) in a town of just 200 families. Yet after each massacre, the people of Itamar rebuild and replant, determined to sink deeper roots into their patch of the ancient Biblical soil of Samaria.  Since the Fogel murders, at least twelve new families have moved to Itamar. On a recent rainy day, I visited Itamar, beginning by paying my respects at the Fogel family home.   A string of Israeli flags flapped in the wind, left over from the ceremony a few days before in which a scribe...(Read Full Article)

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