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On Passover, we celebrate the astounding journey of the Jewish people from slavery to freedom.

On Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzmaut, we transition from a national commemoration of loss to a celebration of life. At Shurat HaDin, we help the most innocent and injured of terror victims to pursue justice. In all cases, we move from sorrow to the redemption and freedom of our independence.

This year the State of Israel miraculously celebrates its 70th birthday. But before Independence Day festivities begin, Israel mourns its fallen — the soldiers, the spies and the policemen killed in defense of our country, as well as the victims of terror: men, women, and children slaughtered by premeditated evil. On Memorial Day Israel mourns the Fogel Family.

Udi and Ruth Fogel lived in Itamar. They had six young children.

On the night of March 11, 2011, two Palestinian terrorists from a nearby village infiltrated Itamar on a mission of indiscriminate slaughter. The two terrorists started by breaking into eleven-year-old Yoav’s room, viciously slitting his throat. They then turned their attention to four-year-old Elad, brutally stabbing the young child in the chest as he slept. The terrorists then entered the master bedroom where Udi and Ruth slept. The couple resisted, fighting for their lives and the lives of their children.

Udi was fatally stabbed; Ruth was stabbed and shot with a stolen weapon. When three-month-old Hadas began to cry, one of the terrorists stabbed the infant repeatedly and decapitated the baby girl. The bodies were discovered by Tamar, the eldest child, who returned home following a youth outing.

When authorities arrived, they found the Fogel’s two-year-old son shaking his mother and father in a desperate attempt to wake his parents up.

Upon capture, the terrorists showed no remorse for their cold-blooded rampage. In fact, they regretted not knowing there were more children; otherwise, they told investigators, they would have murdered them as well. Both Palestinians received five life sentences for their inhumane crime. Not only were the two lauded by the Palestinian Authority as heroes, but they continue to receive hefty salaries while in prison.

Shurat HaDin is fighting on behalf of the Fogel family, and all the victims of terror, to stop the flow of terror money, to end a system where the murderers of babies are rewarded, to never forget.

Now more than ever, we need your help to fight terrorism and protect innocent lives around the world.

Wishing you a very happy Passover,

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner