Appropriate or not?

My last post was an article from the JPost about the horrific senseless and violent deaths suffered in Itamar, Israel, by members of the  Fogel family. My heart breaks for their families, specifically their young surviving children, the oldest of whom (12) discovered their bodies.

Pictures of the dead bodies have been put up online and are horrendously graphic. I will NOT be linking to them here.

Is it ever appropriate for photos of dead bodies to be released? Is it necessary for these photos to be seen for the violence to be understood? Can it be understood without the pictorial evidence? I am not sure how I feel. What are your thoughts?

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  1. Otir says:

    I have attached a picture of the living family members to my tweet, because I feel that when we mourn people, how violent their death has been, we have to remember their lives, not their death.

    Then the question of the murder and the horror of the attack should be perceived through the irremediable loss of those people, not from the repulsion that a violent image can give the viewer.

  2. I, too, have mixed feelings. On the one hand, it seems obscene…

    Family and friends would be better off remembering their loved ones as they were in life. But the first question of “appropriateness” was breached already by their killers.

    On the other hand, hate and torture and murder ARE obscene.

    The photos I saw included the claim that they had been released by the surviving family members to show just how horrific and senseless this attack was. They are very effective at doing that.

    It shouldn’t be necessary – the word “murder” should stir us all to horror, but perhaps we’ve all become a little too used to CSI and Law & Order and … you know what I mean. This leaves no room for the imagination to say, “It isn’t real.” Death is brutal and ugly and real – and some people have been blessed not to see its grisly side up close and personal.

    Think of other horrific events, and how easily those who didn’t have to look at them could pretend to themselves that they weren’t happening – or that they were so distant as to not affect them.

    I don’t know, Hadassah. I only know that they made me cry – for those precious babies, for the family, and for humanity.

  3. Elayne says:

    They should be seen by all. It may sway a few folks but most are too biased against Israel to be objective. But they should have completely masked the faces.

  4. Just as we go to holocaust museums in order to remember and live what happened, I believe that it is appropriate to see an show the pictures.

  5. batya from NJ says:

    I agree that the pictures should be viewed so that we can feel the shock & horror. as they say, “seeing is believing” & it’s important for the world to see what Israel is up against & exactly who their “peace partners” really are

  6. lady lock and load says:

    When 911 happened, people who did not have tv sets ran to their neighbors to see what happened. To watch the people jumping to their deaths. I didn’t.

  7. Chana says:

    I think the pictures are not for those of us who know what sensless terror is about, instead it’s for the media and for those people who live in denial about the situation in EY.

  8. Jess says:

    As picture editor, I’d like to throw in my $.02. Once the dead has been identified and names released to the public, it is in the discretion of the news outlet to publish those photos. Though such photos may be disturbing and shocking to the viewers/readers, as part of the story, it is not deemed as inappropriate.

  9. i think that is important for those who are neutral or condemn israel to see those photos. i however cannot view them. they are much too disturbing.

  10. Elayne says:

    Just read this on Arutz Sheva.

    … photos of the murder victims that were released by the Fogel family, who gave full permission for their use in order to report on the horrific reality of murdering children and babies in their sleep “simply because they are Jewish.” Warning: These photos are extremely graphic and not intended for children.

  11. I personally don’t want to see the pictures; but, I think it’s important that they are out there. No one will be able to say that it didn’t happen or that it wasn’t a brutal attack.

    It’s so important that the attack be publicized so people know what is really happening in Israel. I actually rescheduled last night’s blog post so that I could address the Israel situation and the tie-in to Purim.

  12. Batya says:

    Hadassah, I agree with the Fogol family that the world must see the graphic, barbaric cruelty of the Arabs. They requested that people see the Pictures of their family murdered by Arab Terrorists. We’ve been too squeamish about these things over the decades and we’re losing the hasbara, pr war.

  13. fille says:

    My heart goes out to the children who discovered this horrendous crime. They will have to live with this trauma for the rest of their lives. I would worry that they could be retraumatised if they stumble on one of those pictures by accident.

    I am a bit worried that the settler movement seems to develop, over time, a kind of “blood and soil” ideology. I was quite appalled when I read on “shiloh musings”: “Bravely and wisely the bereaved family permits the publication of pictures of members murdered by arab terrorists”. Bravely, I understand, but wisely????

  14. Elle says:

    my concern is that they have released these photos perhaps before they have even had time to come to any terms with what happened.

    sometimes in a state of shock (even the most religious and realistic of people would be put into shock over such an tragedy!) we make choices we would not otherwise make. I would be concerned for the siblings if nothing else.

    as far as right or wrong… I don’t know if there is an answer.

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