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Washington - Rep. Engel: It's Outrageous Too Many Nations Silent On Fogel Family Massacre

Published on: March 17, 2011 04:07 PM
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Mourners cry during the funeral of Ehud Fogel, 36, his wife Ruth, 35, and their children 11-year-old Yoav, 4-year-old Elad, and 3-month-old Hadas in Jerusalem March 13, 2011. The Jewish couple and three of their children were stabbed to death in bed in a West Bank settlement in what Israeli officials said on Saturday was an attack by one or more Palestinians who broke into their home. REUTERS/Baz RatnerMourners cry during the funeral of Ehud Fogel, 36, his wife Ruth, 35, and their children 11-year-old Yoav, 4-year-old Elad, and 3-month-old Hadas in Jerusalem March 13, 2011. The Jewish couple and three of their children were stabbed to death in bed in a West Bank settlement in what Israeli officials said on Saturday was an attack by one or more Palestinians who broke into their home. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Washington - Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement in response to the murder of the Fogel family in Gaza by Palestinian terrorists.  The family, both parents and three of their children (including a three- month-old baby) were stabbed to death in their home and discovered by their 12-year-old daughter and two other children. 

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“The cold-blooded murder of this family, the killing of children, is an act of depravity that must be strongly condemned.  It is the height of cowardice which makes anyone of good conscience scream at the injustice.  This despicable act not only destroyed this one family by ending five lives and traumatizing the remaining children, but it rocked the already-shaky situation in the Middle East. 

“Far too many nations in the world have been quick to condemn Israel for every action it has taken in recent years, but have been notable for their silence when this family was butchered.  If the roles were reversed, the outrage would be deafening. 

“I am especially appalled that within 24 hours of these lives being mourned, Palestinians publicly celebrated the memory of a terrorist who killed 37 people in 1978, including 13 children.  Until they stop committing these acts of violence, and then glorifying the criminals who commit them, there is little hope of ever achieving peace.  I can only hope that one day we will live in a time where these terrible acts are a thing of the past, and viewed with horror by future generations of Israelis, the Palestinians, the U.N. and the world.”

Rep. Engel is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.



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 Mar 17, 2011 at 04:29 PM lamdan Says:

Rep. Engel where are your bleeding heart liberal socialist friends they are the ones condeming Isreal for violating human rights for sub humans?

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 Mar 17, 2011 at 04:37 PM charliehall Says:

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lamdan Says:

Rep. Engel where are your bleeding heart liberal socialist friends they are the ones condeming Isreal for violating human rights for sub humans?

Cut the B.S.

Rep. Engel is as strong an Israel supporter as any politician in America. Unlike people like you, who tries to divide Israel's supporters for US domestic partisan political purposes, Rep. Engel does not put party above Israel.

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 Mar 17, 2011 at 04:38 PM startthinking Says:

Its about time the politicians of this country are slowly coming out of the woodwork just one question rep.engel where were you till now this event is almost 1 week old and btw were still waiting for a proper and direct response from our young inexperienced incapable and laughable "president"

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 Mar 17, 2011 at 05:10 PM Babishka Says:

13,000 people in Japan are dead. The world's attention is elsewhere.

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 Mar 17, 2011 at 05:15 PM Reb Yona Says:

this happened in Itamar not in Gaza. doesn't Rangel know that all jews were expelled from Gaza?

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 Mar 17, 2011 at 06:00 PM Truthness Says:

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lamdan Says:

Rep. Engel where are your bleeding heart liberal socialist friends they are the ones condeming Isreal for violating human rights for sub humans?

they were the first to speak out . Hillary clinton issued the first condemnation saturday night followed shortly by a harsh condemnation by presidebnt obama where he called it the terrorist attack it was. leading jewish democrat debbie wasserman schultz of florida led the charge of legistlators condemning the attack first thing on monday. just because you dont tune in doesnt mean it wasnt done as you assume otherwise,

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 Mar 17, 2011 at 06:02 PM CeeEve Says:

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startthinking Says:

Its about time the politicians of this country are slowly coming out of the woodwork just one question rep.engel where were you till now this event is almost 1 week old and btw were still waiting for a proper and direct response from our young inexperienced incapable and laughable "president"

the secretary of state , the president, and then again the presidents spoeksman, and leading congressional leaders ALL spoke out saturday, sunday monday . just because it wasnt reported in wherever you get your news does not negate that they DID speak up and speak out when it was fresh and new.

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 Mar 17, 2011 at 06:06 PM lamdan Says:

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charliehall Says:

Cut the B.S.

Rep. Engel is as strong an Israel supporter as any politician in America. Unlike people like you, who tries to divide Israel's supporters for US domestic partisan political purposes, Rep. Engel does not put party above Israel.

I know Rep. Engel is a strong supporter of Isreal but most of his friends including our President are of the mind set that if you condemn Isreal long enough all our problems in the middle east will go away

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 Mar 17, 2011 at 07:36 PM thecommissioner Says:

Congressman Engel is the strongest supporter of Yidden in the US Congress. From his strong support for domestic issues, such as the lack of proper medical care, and preventative care in Rockland County, which led too the Refuah Health Centers, to his support on Isreal which has not been for the press. There are other Congressmen that have spoken out in support of Israel, just to the media. Rep. Engel is a 24 hour a day supporter, and not just a 9-5 supporter of Israel.

Thank you Congressman Engel for the great job you do for the people of your district. Don't listen to these bashers, Keep up the good work!

CharlieHall can testify as to congressman Engel's work, as he lives in his district.

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 Mar 17, 2011 at 07:40 PM njmom Says:

you are right to an extent. they all issued their condemnation. however, he's right in that the response is barely audible. if this crime was committed against a palestinian family the global outrage that would follow would be deafening. likewise, if israel named a square after dr. baruch goldstein, the middle east would probably (and actually rightfully) riot. yet, they name streets, buildings, squares, and other public spaces after their terrorists, and noone bats an eyelash. jewish blood is cheap. we have only god to turn to.

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 Mar 17, 2011 at 08:42 PM gtizuger Says:

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Reb Yona Says:

this happened in Itamar not in Gaza. doesn't Rangel know that all jews were expelled from Gaza?

Yes reb yona they do live in itamar but they were part of the jews that were forced to leave gaza so that's where they come from

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 Mar 17, 2011 at 08:55 PM Anonymous Says:

With over 10,000 killed in Japan on virtually the same day and a potential nuclear holocaust in the making, its not surprising that most countries have not focused on the tragic deaths of 5 individuals in EY.

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 Mar 17, 2011 at 08:58 PM Anonymous Says:

If only Rabbi Meir Kahane was still alive, he and his followers would have found those responsible for that atrocity, and finished them off. As Rabbi Kahane (z'l) stated on more than one occasion "they (Arabs) must go".

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 Mar 17, 2011 at 08:58 PM PMOinFL Says:

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njmom Says:

you are right to an extent. they all issued their condemnation. however, he's right in that the response is barely audible. if this crime was committed against a palestinian family the global outrage that would follow would be deafening. likewise, if israel named a square after dr. baruch goldstein, the middle east would probably (and actually rightfully) riot. yet, they name streets, buildings, squares, and other public spaces after their terrorists, and noone bats an eyelash. jewish blood is cheap. we have only god to turn to.

I hear your point, and was thinking the same thing. However, what more are they supposed to say? Obama clearly spoke harshly about it, but if you watch Beck's show, you would think he never said a word.

I'm sorry but this is the fault of the MEDIA not wanting to report on these things. CNN, FNC and MSNBC as well as the major print outlets don't like to "stir the pot". They feel if they give too much coverage, they will loose their contacts in the Muslim world. I'm sorry to say it, but that is the truth. As well, some in the media will devote 3 minutes of "heartfelt" (aka "phony") sympathy and outrage while lying and claiming that nobody else is talking about it, rather than reporting about all the people who DID talk about it.

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 Mar 17, 2011 at 09:00 PM Ari N. Says:

Kol Hakovod to Rep. Engel! At least some sane people out there!

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 Mar 17, 2011 at 09:55 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

If only Rabbi Meir Kahane was still alive, he and his followers would have found those responsible for that atrocity, and finished them off. As Rabbi Kahane (z'l) stated on more than one occasion "they (Arabs) must go".

In some respects, what we are experiencing today at least in part is the result of the legacy of Kahane, Baruch Goldstein and the right wing fanatics among the settlers. Until we eradicate the extremists on both sides, there cannot be any peace.

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 Mar 18, 2011 at 12:50 AM Anonymous Says:

Blah, blah, blah.....condemning or not it is my and your tax dollars which were used to train and arm these monsters. The president knows full well of this and will continue to finance the "armed forces" of the Palestinians.

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 Mar 18, 2011 at 12:09 PM marcia Says:

If we can hear it from Engel's mouth, why can't we hear it from Odumbo's mouth! His speeches manage to "fit in" admonishing Israelis for continuing building, I'm sure his writers could verbally wave his finger at the savagery of the Fogler murders and make the Palis. aware that peace talks can not continue while acts like these occur, or would that be showing TOO much support of Israel's Jews?!

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 Mar 18, 2011 at 05:22 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Blah, blah, blah.....condemning or not it is my and your tax dollars which were used to train and arm these monsters. The president knows full well of this and will continue to finance the "armed forces" of the Palestinians.

Yes, and Bush, Reagan, Bush1 did nothing to arm Palestinians. They never sold weapons to any Arab country. Reagan never even broke the law to sell weapons to Iran! Baker never said "**** the Jews" Bush1 never put Pollard in prison! Bush2 was not responsible for the Road Map. He didn't pressure Israel to leave Gaza. He didn't force them to let Hamas take over the government. It always is, was and will be the Republicans who are the friends of Israel.

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 Mar 19, 2011 at 09:54 PM republic Says:

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Anonymous Says:

In some respects, what we are experiencing today at least in part is the result of the legacy of Kahane, Baruch Goldstein and the right wing fanatics among the settlers. Until we eradicate the extremists on both sides, there cannot be any peace.

Please...... don't ever equate Kehane or Baruch as fanatics as they do not actively seek out innocent people especially babies and brutally butcher them for simply being of a different religion. Self defenders cannot be equal to blood-thirsty animals who celebrate death by jihad.

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