British Conservative Melanie Phillips Being Investigated For Her Blogpost on Fogel Family Massacre

A Palestinian terrorist stabbed five family members to death in the settlement of Itamar early Saturday morning; three children, including a baby girl, were among the victims. Later that day Palestinians handed out candy to celebrate the mass murder.

Four-year-old Elad Fogel was stabbed to death in the attack.

British conservative Melanie Phillips wrote about the attack. She called the killers “savages” and referred to the “moral depravity” of a culture that would celebrate such a gruesome act.
Now she’s being investigated.

The Guardian reported, via Zip:

A Melanie Phillips blogpost on the Spectator website which referred to the “moral depravity” of Arab “savages” is being investigated by the Press Complaints Commission.

The online comment piece, headlined “Armchair barbarism”, focused on media coverage of the murder of five members of a Jewish family in the West Bank settlement of Itamar by Palestinian militants earlier this month.

“The moral depravity of the Arabs is finding a grotesque echo in the moral bankruptcy and worse of the British and American ‘liberal’ media,” wrote Phillips.

“Overwhelmingly, the media have either ignored or downplayed the atrocity – or worse, effectively blamed the victims for bringing it on themselves, describing them as ‘hard-line settlers’ or extremists.

“To the New York Times, it’s not the Arab massacre of a Jewish family which has jeopardised ‘peace prospects’ – because the Israelis will quite rightly never trust any agreement with such savages – but instead Israeli policy on building more homes, on land to which it is legally and morally entitled, which is responsible instead for making peace elusive. Twisted, and sick.”

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  • Taqiyyotomist

    We can’t call savages savages. That would be impolite. We’re British, confound it! We’re always polite. Anyone who isn’t must therefore be breaking some law! If not, we’ll make a law saying “Everyone but savages — who can’t help it, because they’re savages (innit?) — must be polite at all times. Any ‘asians’ who are impolite, we will overlook, because these savages can’t help it, and we probably made them that way. It definitely didn’t happen because of Mohammad or his example or his writings. That’s right out. And it would be impolite to even suggest such a thing. And, now, illegal.”

    That’s right. Even the formerly vaunted U.K. has been taken over by racists like our Democrats. “No need to prosecute these 17 rapists of an eleven-year-old girl! They’re BLACK, so they can’t help it! They’re just simple savages.” That’s what a Democrat believes, and shows it every day.

  • dazip

    Of course they’re investigating! Her use of the term”savages” in this context is an insult to all savages everywhere!

  • rbosque

    They won’t even allow Michael Savage into their country.

    Talk about PC…

  • Estragon

    When “we” decided to give a barbarian death cult equal status and respect with the religions of the world, we inevitably invited this sort of thing.

    The UK long since abdicated any leadership role in promoting the republican values and human rights it first brought to the modern world.

  • In a mad, mad, mad, mad world….

    I don’t care. if we want to save civilization, then we had better speak the truth, no matter what. I saw the pictures of the fogel family post-murder. Those pictures would make a squeamish person vomit and the weak of heart faint, they were so bloody. Those pictures need to be plastered on every billboard, blog, and newspaper in the West. every last one. Let the world see what kind of demons live among us. It’s the only way we’ll save ourselves form this incurable illness known as Islam. No other religion in the world goes around murdering like these hellions do, and the West is willingly ignorant.

    More power to Ms. Phillips, and Geert Wilder, and Robert Spencer, and Pamela Geller, and anyone else who’s ever spoken the truth about Islam.

  • NeoKong

    It is sad to see the once great country of England bow to it’s new muslim masters.
    Churchill would turn over in his grave.

  • She is exactly right. The truth might be a punishable offense in the UK, though.

  • Let’s see:
    * the assassin was an arab
    * the assassin killed CHILDREN IN THEIR SLEEP

    What we call that? Did other arabs condemn him?

  • Susan

    “Overwhelmingly, the media have either ignored or downplayed the atrocity – or worse, effectively blamed the victims for bringing it on themselves, describing them as ‘hard-line settlers’ or extremists.”

    Is this not the point to serving Social Justice-the Jewish family living in the West Bank was unjust and unrighteous therefore Social Justice demands that a socially just world must be served by eliminating those who, according to the laws of Social Justice, are unjust and unrighteous?

    (I met Melanie Phillips a couple of times-she is a great defender of all that is decent and humane)

  • Somewhat Reasonable Voice

    Political correctness is Cultural Marxism. It is the enemy of truth just as all social progressives are enemies of truth.

  • Randy Churchill

    So if 5 people are killed brutally and the killers passed out candy afterward in London, what would the complainants call them? What’s the difference between “killer”, “murderer”, and “savage” in your book.

    The same people complaining to whatever the “PC” police board it is that you have there – did they express outrage at 30 months of suicide bombers blowing up little children in Israeli buses and markets? You just can’t get out of your system that these “militants” are terrorists and savages. They are. And your complaint receiving board can take its deliberations and file it somewhere.

  • JerryFine

    Like the British Government (and I fear soon our own), the media in both Britain and the US are deathly afraid of Arabs, Muslims and most every other group within society that is not lilly white. They feel they are the watchdogs for these minorities (lapdogs is more like it) and will bend over backwards (and often forwards) to appease….

    The voter and the reader can put an end to all of this…..

  • d_fitz

    It sucks being an unarmed British subject. The government can do what the hell it wants with you.

  • Joanne

    “Savages?” I have a few choice words that would better describe those so-called “savages.’

  • Joanne

    Political correctness is a strange term considering there is no correctness in it at all; it is simply catering to the pressure of the political left’s ideology, so screw them all to hell.

  • Scott

    The disease of socialism is killing Britain…Rest assured, we have the disease as well although not as highly developed. Yet, the democratic party and their friends in the legacy media have this in mind for America…

  • Joanne

    #6 – the sorry thing is Rifqa will never be free; she will always have to look over her shoulder. No doubt her father and any male relatives and/or friends will attempt, at least, to take her life for dishonouring them.

  • Ladue Pundit

    The Fogel family murders were carried out by savages. The Gazans who celebrated in the streets with candy, sweets, and dancing over these murders were savages, also.

    Muslims have co-opted the term ‘Arab’ to be inclusive of all things Islamic. I guess it sucks when the shoe fits.

  • american patriot

    The worst, most heinous crime to commit in America today is telling the truth.

    Melanie, next time, may I suggest that you be even more accurately truthful. Instead of “Arab savages,” please use the proper language, MUSLIM savages.

    It is the ideology of Islam that is at the root of it all.

  • Bunni

    They are every horrid word in the English language and then some.
    These PC jerks think that speaking the truth is a worse crime than what these SAVAGES have done. They are worse than savages, and the whole bunch of the slime who defend them are just as bad.

  • I don’t think I can appropriately express my feelings regarding this story without using profanity. It’s incomprehensible.

  • Steven Kalka

    Britain is no longer the once great vanguard it was in human freedom. The nation that gave us the Magna Carta, 18th century liberalism, and the Industrial Revolution now outlaws impolite speech. Great Shame!

  • IIRC, in the UK, the truth is not ‘the ultimate defense’.

  • Listen up

    Apparently the PCC can’t handle the TRUTH! Do they think it is okay to viciously kill sleeping children then dance in the street handing out sweets to celebrate the killings. Does the PCC think this is a thing civilized people do? Who needs to investigate whom?!!! I applaud her for saying what everyone know, even the ones who will not dare to speak it aloud! Stand up, speak up and never shut up when it comes to confronting the cowardly savages in muslim culture. I hope Israel builds a million and one homes and populates them with brave Jewish families!

  • bg


    albeit beyond their comprehension.. i’ll look on the bright side, as this may
    very well result in a learning experience, because the only thing they have
    any hope of discovering is that Melanie is one very brilliant, not to mention
    educated, lady.. 🙂



  • Listen up

    What has happened to the British people? Where have your ideals and courage gone? A once great people now reduced to slaves of the culture police. It makes my heart break. Stand up and take your empire back!

  • Joanne #18 – You may be right, but at least she wasn’t given back to her parents. Then she WOULD have been killed. I have no doubts about that. Plus, she’s in America. She can conceal carry.

  • The British government needs some Viagra. They obviously suffer from limp wanker syndrome.

  • zelda

    Melanie PHillips is a brave soul fighting the very lonely fight in the UK against political correctness and the derangement of the left. Her book THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN is excellent and her daily blog posts at Spectator are wonderful.

    The UK is a lesson to us here in the United States in regards to electing political officials to office in both parties. There are many “conservatives” who seem to be very friendly with the Islamists whom would destroy us. Chris Christie is one. He nominated a man affiliated with Cair to the bench and has been very cozy with such groups. Do your research on all candidates before placing a vote. It won’t help to have a conservative in office if he allows the savages such access.

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  • “press complaints commission” is that part of the Truth Ministry? it seems that everey day europe becomes more and more like orwell’s 1984. does anybody else here think the european union was just a commie front.

  • charlotte
  • ert

    Melanie Phillips is one sharp cookie. She rarely pulls her punches.

    This is a big one. If the outrage of a tragic instance is used to further spawn oppression towards the victims – in this case Jews….well, that’s a wake up call.

  • dunce

    The commissioners throats would be high on the list to be cut in a country where sharia was in effect but they call killing children political resistance.

  • spotted reptile

    All they want to achieve is take everybody away from having to discuss the story itself. If they can turn the debate by making ad hominem attacks on the author of the blog, then they’ve done what they set out to do. Yes, it’s necessary to defend those who speak the truth, but it is also vital to continue to speak the truth itself, over and over again.

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  • gus

    They want to shut up those who would hold Islam accountable. This isn’t by accident.

  • Valerie

    [sav-ij] Show IPA
    adjective, noun, verb, -aged, -ag·ing.
    fierce, ferocious, or cruel; untamed: savage beasts.
    uncivilized; barbarous: savage tribes.
    enraged or furiously angry, as a person.
    unpolished; rude: savage manners.
    wild or rugged, as country or scenery: savage wilderness.
    Archaic . uncultivated; growing wild.
    an uncivilized human being.
    a fierce, brutal, or cruel person.
    a rude, boorish person.
    a member of a preliterate society.
    –verb (used with object)
    to assault and maul by biting, rending, goring, etc.; tear at or mutilate: numerous sheep savaged by dogs.
    to attack or criticize thoroughly or remorselessly; excoriate: a play savaged by the critics.


    works for me.

  • waicool

    I stand with Melanie!!! maybe those media knuckleheads will learn something about honest journAlism during their ‘investigation”. if the savage happened to be our soldier, the soldier along with the entire country would be dragged through the shame for the full term of a propped up war crimes court process or at least an election cycle. And it turns out this palestinian terrorist falls into the forgotten shadows of societal pathos.

  • A_Nonny_Mouse

    You’ll note that nothing, absolutely NOTHING, is more offensive to Islamists and Lefties than “The Truth”.

    They can’t bear to hear it; they don’t dare speak it. (Hmmm. I wonder if they run from upheld crucifixes, screaming “Noooo, it burns my eyes”???)

  • Andreas K.

    And guess who complained?

    A) moosels
    B) leftists
    C) all of the above

    Also remember, that’s the UK, the country with more than 80 sharia courts.

  • She’s so beautiful!

  • Jerry C

    My belief in God keeps me sane in an insane world. There’s no other way to explain why the world hates the truth so much. If you are an agnostic or athiest, I don’t have a clue how you can function from day-to-day. And I’m comforted to know that eventually God will right all wrongs. Yes, truely, truely, the Fogel family will be avenged. One day truth will rule. Until the light comes, we must endure utter darkness. And the utter darkness has a name called islam.

  • Koczani

    Please; these life terminators are not savages, they are merely morally challenged!!!

  • Militant Conservative

    And Allah was a bi polar preaching hate and death.

    powder is dry.

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  • This is another logical progression in a country that has lost sight of it’s heritage and proper place in the great scheme of things.

    Sadly, unless and until the British people refuse to remain subjects and instead become citizens, such things will continue.

  • purplewings

    I wondered why this was kept so quiet but of course, we must not make the murderers feel bad about themselves. It’s now our job to build them up, even when they do something so unthinkable as to cut the throat of a baby. I’ll have to leave that to the boot-lickers because I find it so disgusting I’d give up my life rather than treat these insane, immoral, sadistic people as if they were worthy in today’s world.
    I congratulate Melanie Phillips on writing truth – especially when that appears to be offensive to these animals. God help a world built on violence and lies!