Daily Israel Report

Fogels' Son Asks: Why Are they Releasing Murderers?

11-year-old Roi Fogel wants to know why the government is releasing terrorist murderers.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 12/30/2013, 2:16 AM

Bereaved families meet Jerusalem mayor
Bereaved families meet Jerusalem mayor
Arutz Sheva

11-year-old Roi Fogel, whose parents and three siblings were brutally murdered by Arab terrorists in the Shomron town of Itamar in 2011, wants to know why the Israeli government is releasing terrorist murderers.

The 11-year-old boy, who survived the brutal terror attack, asked this question over this past Sabbath, as he was celebrating his birthday.

Elihai Ben-Yishai, Roi’s uncle and the brother of Ruth Fogel hy”d, recalled his nephew’s remarks in a conversation on Sunday with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. The conversation took place as Barkat visited the bereaved families protesting outside the Prime Minister's residence. 

"My nephew asked why the State of Israel releases terrorists back to Judea and Samaria, when half of them resume terrorist activities? Why do they do it? The 11-year-old child understands what this government does not understand. My nephew really does not understand the government's decision,” Ben-Yishai told Barkat.

"It's a shame. The wheel is spinning and no one is stopping it,” he added. “A terrorist who killed a family or a baby will do it again and the State conveys the message that there is no problem with committing murders. I have no words.”

"They kill civilians and are later released with a master's degree into Jerusalem. They can reach anywhere in the city. I am concerned and I am full of shame," said Ben Yishai with rage.

Roi, son of Udi and Ruth Fogel, was at home during the 2011 massacre in Itamar. As the terrorists brutally murdered his parents and siblings, Roi lay under a blanket in the living room. The terrorists did not notice that there was someone under the blanket, and his life was spared.

Bereaved families have been protesting against the upcoming release of 26 terrorist murderers as a “gesture” to the Palestinian Authority.

On Saturday night, the cabinet approved the list of the terrorists who will be freed. They are expected to be freed on Monday.

Shortly after the cabinet approval, the Israel Prison Service made public the list of the 26 terrorists who will be freed. These include, among others, a terrorist who was convicted of the murders of 16 Israelis.