Seven years after five members of the Fogel family from the community of Itamar were stabbed to death by Palestinian terrorists who targeted them in their home, the surviving children are suing the Palestinian Authority and terrorists responsible for the attack.
The lawsuit, filed in Jerusalem District Court, demands $115 million in compensation, accusing the P.A. of encouraging and inciting their constituents to commit acts of violence against Jews through propaganda, and the provision of financial incentives and support to successful attackers. Additional defendants include the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
In March 2011, Ehud (Udi) Fogel, his wife. Ruth, and three of their six children—Yoav, 11; Elad, 4; and Hadas, 3 months—were slain in their home by two Palestinian cousins, Amjad Awad and Hakim Awad from the local town of Awarta. The pair fled, but were ultimately captured received life sentences. Of the eight-member Fogel family, only three survived: Tamar, 12; Roi, 8; and Yishai 2.
Their families receive monthly reward payments from the P.A.
“To this day, the terrorists receive handsome salaries from the P.A., a fact that entirely defies logic and is contrary to justice,” the Fogel family said in a statement. “In the filing of this claim we seek to send a message in the name of every person who has a heart.”