Tens of thousands of people converged on the Har Hamenuhot cemetery in Jerusalem yesterday for the funerals of the five members of the Fogel family, including a toddler and a newborn, who were stabbed to death in a terrorist attack in the West Bank settlement of Itamar on Friday night.
"We're in the same situation as the friends of Job, who went to the bereaved Job and sat with him on the ground for seven days and seven nights and couldn't say anything because they saw that the pain was very great," said former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, one of several public figures to speak at the funeral. "There are situations and times when you don't have words. You sit and you feel the pain, the anger and the helplessness."
Some of the speakers, who included Likud politicians like Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon and Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, as well as prominent rabbis like Lau, were occasionally interrupted by cries of "Revenge" and "How long will you sit in silence?" But they were quickly hushed by other mourners.
The five covered stretchers at the front of the hall, where the eulogies were delivered, bore the bodies of Udi Fogel, 36; his wife Ruth, 35; and three of their six children: Yoav, 11; Elad, 4; and Hadas, 3 months.
Two of the surviving children - 8-year-old Ro'i and 2-year-old Yishai - were asleep in a different room when at least one Palestinian terrorist killed their siblings and parents in their home at around 10:30 P.M. Friday and left the settlement without being detected. The oldest child, Tamar, 12, discovered the bodies with a neighbor who helped her open the door when she returned from a youth group activity around midnight and no one answered the door.
The three surviving children were taken to the home of their paternal grandparents in the West Bank settlement of Neveh Tzuf.
At the funeral, the tone of the eulogies ranged from inconceivable sorrow to political anger.
"We will continue to hold on to the the good land of Itamar, Hebron and Jerusalem," said Rivlin. "We will continue to build everywhere and all the time. Construction is not vengeance. It is our right from one generation to the next; it is our response to the murderers."
Ya'alon, who also serves as the minister of strategic affairs, condemned the Palestinian Authority for a "poisonous education" that teaches hatred of Jews.
"As long as this murderous education continues, as long as the leadership's wayward incitement continues, any paper we sign, any agreement that is reached, is not worth the paper it's written on," he said.
However, Udi Fogel's brother, Motti, said he didn't want the funeral tainted by political messages.
Many members of Jerusalem's French immigrant community attended the funeral, since Ruth Fogel's father, Yehuda Ben Yishai, is a prominent rabbi in the community.
"We won't part from you, because you'll come to visit us like angels," said Ben Yishai, addressing his murdered family members.
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