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St. Andrews Anti-Semitism Victim Donates Court Award to Fogels

A Yeshiva University student victim of anti-Semitism at Scotland's St. Andrews University decides to give his court award to the Fogels.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 9/14/2011, 2:57 PM

A victim of anti-Semitism has decided to donate the money awarded him by the court to the surviving members of the Fogel family.

Rabbi Udi Fogel, his wife Ruth and three of their six children were stabbed to death by Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists while sleeping on a Friday night by on March 12.

The Fogels' 12-year-old daughter discovered the gruesome scene when she arrived home from a Bnei Akiva event later that night. By a miracle, two of her young brothers had also survived.

The same day, Yeshiva University (NY) chemistry exchange student Chanan Reitblat was the victim of an anti-Semitic attack in his room at St. Andrews University. Reitblat, a U.S. citizen who had fled anti-Semitism in the former Soviet Union's Lithuania as a child, told the court he felt “violated and devastated” by the attack.

Reitblat has decided to donate the money that he was awarded by the Scottish courts to the young girl and her brothers. His reason: the young man says he wants to spread the message that anti-Semitism and anti-Israel attacks are wrong and should not be tolerated.

Palestinian Authority supporters carried out a campaign of support for his attacker in Scotland at the beginning of this month.

“I am donating any compensation order money I receive to a charity for victims of terrorism,” Reitblat said in a statement. “The money will be donated to the Fogel Family Fund to help care for the surviving children of the massacre.”

The Fogels' murderers were caught, showed no remorse, and one of them has been convicted and sentenced to five life sentences in an Israeli prison. The other is a minor and will be sentenced separately.

Reitblat's attacker, 19-year-old Paul Donnachie was expelled from the university. He was also sentenced to 150 hours of community service and fined 300 British pounds sterling, payable in compensation to his victim, for putting his hands down his trousers before rubbing them on the Israeli flag Reitblat's brother had given him. The flag was hanging in Reitblat's room.

Donnachie, who also accused Reitblat of being a terrorist during the incident, told the court he 'had not meant to cause offense,' according to the BBC, and claimed his behavior was a “legitimate, if misguided, form of political protest.”

He later joined pro-PA protesters standing outside the courthouse, brandishing Israeli flags smeared with red paint.