Poll: One-third of Palestinians Support Itamar Massacre

According to a poll, 32% of the 1,270 Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem that participated back the attack in which Udi and Ruth Fogel and three of their children were killed.

One-third of Palestinians surveyed said they supported an attack last month in which five members of an Israeli family stabbed to death in their home in a West Bank settlement, according to a team of Israeli and Palestinian pollsters.

Earlier last month, a murderer entered the Fogel family's home in the West Bank settlement of Itamar, killing father and mother Udi Fogel, 37, and Ruth Fogel, 36, and three of their children, Yoav Fogel, 10, four-year-old Elad Fogel, and three-month-old Hadas Fogel.

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According to police, the suspect broke into the house armed with a knife and stabbed parents Udi and Ruth, along with the three children. Magen David Adom rescue services arrived at the scene and found them all dead.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack, calling it despicable, immoral and inhuman.

Many Palestinian commentators have denounced the Fogel family murder as well, but not without noting that Israel and the settlers shared some of the blame.

In Palestinian Authority newspapers and on the social network pages of private citizens, denunciations of the murder could be found alongside condemnations of Israel's approval of the construction of 400 new homes in the settlement blocs. Many writers compared the murders to the actions of the settlers themselves.

According to the poll released Wednesday, 63 percent opposed the attack and 32 percent backed it.

Pollsters from Hebrew University and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research surveyed 1,270 Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem. The margin of error was 3 percentage points.