ADL Shocked at Brutal Murder of Israeli Family by Palestinian Terrorists

New York, NY, March 13, 2011 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed shock and outrage at the brutal murder of five members of the Fogel family at the hands of Palestinian terrorists.

Ruth and Udi Fogel, 35 and 36, respectively, their 3-month-old baby daughter, Hadas, and two sons, Elad, 3, and Yoav, 11, were stabbed to death in their home in the middle of night of March 11 in the Jewish settlement of Itamar; their other children survived. The Palestinian terrorist group Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades has reportedly claimed responsibility for the murders.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

There are no words to sufficiently express our outrage, horror and sorrow over this heinous attack.

While condemnations from the international community and the president of the Palestinian Authority are appropriate, they do little to counteract the prevailing atmosphere in Palestinian society of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish incitement to violence.

Until the Palestinian Authority leadership goes beyond mere words of condemnation and brings an end to the glorification of violence and the veneration of terrorists, an essential element for achieving peace will continue to be missing. The Quartet and each of its members should take every opportunity to publicly condemn the ongoing incitement against Israel and to urge the leadership of the Palestinian Authority to bring it to an end.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.