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The Itamar Photos
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The Itamar Photos

Should the public view the graphic pictures?

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Published: March 20, 2011


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Visitor Comments: 133

(127) C.R., June 6, 2011 12:08 AM

Respect...

Respect from the living--is for the living--the living cannot affect the dead--whether they are in Heaven or Hell. Yes I would have chosen to publish the photos--I am glad I was able to see what these Muslim Arab murderers did!

(126) JULIUS ROMANOFF, May 17, 2011 8:27 PM

Show the pictures

The world has become too selective in who and what to blame for the evils being done. Belief in G-d has been replaced by belief in Science. Ethical behavior has been replaced by most efficient way to get what you want. Rationalization is used to explain why an act is done. It never is the individual's responsibility but the blame is due to societies discrimination in that one had a poor home life, poverty, lack of opportunity, or for mistreatment by some others. Fighting for freedom or a better standard of living makes the means justied for wrong doing for a worthy goal. Terrorism has become an acceptable weapon of warfare. Killing children, women and men is acceptable if you lack the military might to defeat your enemy. People need to be exposed to the horror committed by those who do not accept responsibility for their actions. Only confronted by the savagery done by exposing the acts of murder committed by those who espouse Terror as a valid means to reach their goal can the world see the truth. The end does not justify the means, and civilized people use discussion to resolve differences in issues. The world must see the result of Terrorism before they realize they have become partners in murder,

(125) Juan Manuel C. Del Prado, March 28, 2011 10:09 PM

Don't show gruesome photos.

Please don't show the gruesome photographs. It will make the Hamas happy. Instead, print millions of photos of happy Israeli families on picnics by the rivers on green grass, mountain climbing, skiing (if any), families eating at McDonalds, BurgerKing, etc. Then air-drop these photos on Hamas territories, or any islamic country. They should turn green with envy, and eventuaklly might ask Israel for environmental help.

(124) Jason, March 28, 2011 6:01 PM

The Torah View

Andy, To begin, emotion has some influence, I agree. But not the level that causes the photos to be hidden. I would like to bring your attention to a comment below which points out the story in Shoftim of 'Pilegesh B'givah.' I am sure you know the story but a woman was brutally murdered and "in order to stir up anger and action to be taken against the perpetrators her body was cut into 12 pieces." Her physical body parts - not pictures - were sent to all the tribes. It began a war and it was the right thing to do. They were not concerned with all this nonsense that people are concerned about today. I am not sure which "logic" you are referring to but I am referring to logic guided by the Torah - from God himself. It’s all written in the Torah – clear as day. You are right that the photos will not change anyone’s mind, but it will wake people up to take action. The photos are not for the other side - they are for us. To wake us up and to make us realize the reality of the situation. Wake up Jew! This is not over and will not be over until the war is won and if we must feel uncomfortable in Gulos - 'how horrible.' This is reality not some shielded fairy tail. To Andy, Myself, and all my brethren, if you want to be motivated to save the Jewish people and make a difference in the world, I suggest you take a good look at those photos each and every day. They are not photos of the Fogel family, they are a view, a window, into the future of the Jewish people. This is far from the first occurrence and unfortunately far from the last. But that is because we never take any of these photos to heart – so Hashem has to show us more and more. If we wish to be so shielded from reality and from realizing the position we are truly in then a reminder will be forced upon us. View the photos and let them bother you enough to take action – so we can avoid seeing photos like these in the future.

(123) Andy, March 28, 2011 3:19 AM

It seems to me Rav Noach may well agree not all or nothing

Rabbi Noach stated not to make decision based on emotion but that does not mean emotion has no influence at all. If you knew the world would for certain rally to Israel's defense in areas that count then I think both you and Rav Naoch would both support showing the gruesome photos. As we don't know what would be the result but given past history it's unlikely to change minds it is logical to me not to show the photos and no conflict exists between logic and emotions

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