Breaking: 4 killed in Palestinian terror attack on Jerusalem synagogue

Bystanders in Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood at the scene of a terror attack in a synagogue that left at least four dead

There is dreadful news out of Jerusalem this morning: 2 or 3 Palestinian terrorists entered a shul in the Har Nof neighbourhood (north-west Jerusalem for those who care about Green Lines and occupation), armed with knives and axes, and possibly a gun, and murdered 4 worshippers while still at prayer. Police who were called to the scene killed two terrorists, and are searching after a possible third terrorist, although it is not clear if indeed there was a third man.

Four people were killed in a terror attack at a synagogue in a Jerusalem neighborhood Tuesday morning.

Police said two attackers, apparently from East Jerusalem, came into the synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood shortly after 7 a.m. and began attacking worshipers at morning prayers with a gun, a meat cleaver, and an ax.

Both terrorists were killed by police.

Israel Police said there were six injured, including two policemen.

The attack occurred at the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue, located in a religious institution which includes a study hall.

Outside the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue on Agassi Street, Har Nof, Jerusalem, where the terror attack took place

One of the worshipers said the two terrorists shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack, and entered the synagogue without their faces covered.

Photos taken from inside the synagogue after the attack showed bloodied male worshipers lying on the floor, still wrapped in their prayer shawls and phylacteries. [Tallit and tefillin for Hebrew speakers -Ed.]

“I tried to escape. The man with the knife approached me. There was a chair and table between us … my prayer shawl got caught. I left it there and escaped,” Yossi, who was praying at the synagogue at the time of the attack, told Israeli Channel 2 TV. He declined to give his last name.

A witness, identified only as Zohar, said there was panic at the scene.

“I heard shooting and one of the worshippers came out covered in blood and shouted ‘There’s a massacre’,” he said.

A video shot by a bystander shows police engaged in a shootout with the attackers.

Yesterday I wrote how the intense incitement emanating from the Palestinian Authority is inflaming the Palestinian “street” to an enormously dangerous level. And now we see the results of that incitement, as the terrorists claim this attack was in revenge for the “murder” – aka the suicide – of a Palestinian bus driver:

Both attackers were from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, Channel 2 reported. Security forces were in the neighborhood.

According to Israel Radio’s Gal Berger, Palestinian sources said the attackers were cousins, named Said Abu Jamal and Uday Warsan. He also reported that Hamas officials in Gaza and Qatar said the attack was “revenge for the killing of Arab bus driver in Jerusalem.”

Not that the terrorists needed an excuse. They can always make one up if necessary.

There are some echoes to the terror attack on Mercaz Harav yeshiva a few years ago when 8 young students were killed while at study.  In both cases, the terrorists knew the institution from working nearby. The Mercaz Harav murderer was a driver who delivered supplies to the yeshiva. And in today’s murderous attack at least one the killers worked nearby. From the ToI link:

One of the terrorists worked in a corner store near the synagogue, Channel 2 reported.

Israeli leaders were quick to point their fingers at Mahmoud Abbas for his incitement:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in response: “We will convene a special security consultation. The attack is a direct result of Hamas and Abbas incitement. The international community is irresponsibly ignoring the incitement. We will respond forcefully to the heinous murder of Jews who came to pray and were killed by debased murderers.”

Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Adelstein said the attack was a direct result of Palestinian incitement against Jews. Minister of the Economy hardliner Naftali Bennet said Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has declared war against Israel. “He is the one responsible for the bloodshed of worshippers.”

Minister of Intelligence Yuval Steinitz also accused Abbas of carrying the responsibility for the horrible massacre and to the wave of attacks and riots in Jerusalem.

Israeli media described the scene as “a massacre.” Palestinian media appeared to link the attack to the discovery of a Palestinian bus driver, who was found hanged in his bus nearby on Sunday night. This despite the fact that an autopsy conducted in the presence of a Palestinian pathologist, found no evidence of foul play and rules the death a suicide. The family insists the man was killed by Jews.

Hamas were quick to praise the “heroic” act of these cowards attacking defenceless worshippers at prayer in shul:

And the Arabic social media are already broadcasting the most disgusting cartoon celebrating the massacre and encouraging more:

When Baruch Goldstein killed 29 worshippers at the Machpela in Hebron in 1994, his act was roundly condemned by the entire Israeli political spectrum.  Can we expect Mahmoud Abbas, or any other Palestinian or Arab leader for that matter, to condemn this cowardly attack on innocent shul-goers?

Please don’t hold your breath.

What is our government going to do about the escalating violence in Jerusalem and elsewhere? Are they just going to talk? Or will they take stronger security measures? Will they react in the usual way – arrests, and maybe even house demolitions?

Or will they finally learn that these murderers need to be expelled from our midst.  Deport them and their families: to Gaza, to Jordan, dump them in Syria and let ISIS take care of them. Let their ever-loving European admirers worry about them. But get them out of here.  And until that moment revoke all their citizenship rights and those of their families – National Insurance payments, child allowances, the right to vote etc.

Yes, you darned well better believe this is collective punishment. If murdering Israelis at random for invented pretexts is not collective punishment I don’t know what is.

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9 Responses to Breaking: 4 killed in Palestinian terror attack on Jerusalem synagogue

  1. Reality says:

    if the govt don’t do something someone will take the law into their own hands like Baruch Goldstein.Then the world will wake up to the”cycle of violence”(it’s only a cycle when Israel retaliates-ever noticed that?) and they’ll condemn random.acts of revenge&pressure Israel to make painful concessions to get our murderous peace partner back to the negotiating table.If Netanyahu wants to avoid revenge attacks ,he’d better do something more than put concrete blocks outside every bus ,train stop .Does he think that perhaps we should rebuild all of Israel underground.That way perhaps we’ll all be safe!

    • anneinpt says:

      The world will condemn us also when the “government does something”, as you and all of us demand. Just wait and see. They have ordered the expulsion of the terrorists’ families and the demolition of their homes. Watch the world rush to condemn us in 3…2…1. Not to mention our corrupt judicial system.

  2. floranista says:

    So horrible to wake to this news. I can’t even express what I’m feeling but am 100% in agreement with what you wrote, annie.

    Or will they finally learn that these murderers need to be expelled from our midst. Deport them and their families: to Gaza, to Jordan, dump them in Syria and let ISIS take care of them. Let their ever-loving European admirers worry about them. But get them out of here. And until that moment revoke all their citizenship rights and those of their families – National Insurance payments, child allowances, the right to vote etc.

    I pray this happens – and soon.

    • anneinpt says:

      I will be very happily surprised if our government has the courage of its convictions and its bombastic statements. But I expect them to fold under pressure.

      I am so depressed.

  3. Brian Goldfarb says:

    I had the displeasure of hearing a (translated into English on the BBC) rant interview with one of the Barghoutis this am, who had the cast iron gall to ramble on about the Israelis killing 2000 Palestinians in Gaza this summer. Not only does he not notice that at least half of them were fighters, but nor does anyone else.

    Even the IDF wear uniforms, to distinguish themselves from innocent civilian bystanders. But do the Hamas operatives? Stupid question.

    But I still blame the bicycle riders for all the ills of the world.

    • anneinpt says:

      Oh G-d, I think I heard the same interview. Or something similar on BBC World TV, in an interview with Azzam Tamimi. The interviewer let him get away almost literally with murder, accusing Israel of “storming the Temple Mount”, demolition of homes, building settlements, murder, mayhem and global warming. (OK, I made that last one up).

      But when Mark Regev was put on the interviewer was so rude! Interrupting him and asking him “what about the 600 innocent children murdered by the IDF in Gaza” or words to that effect. I nearly smashed the telly in my anger.

      Yeah, the bicycle riders – it’s all their fault.

      • Earl says:

        annie: I reckon it’s time for the Izzies to destroy that carbuncle atop the Temple Mount. These medievalists have to be shown that actions have consequences. Frankly, the Israelis should have done this c. 1968, and had rid of the statement of theological supremacy.

        • anneinpt says:

          The trouble is that it’s way past time and it’s now too late. It should have been done in 1967. We had an opportunity in this last war when the Palis shot missiles at Jerusalem, with a few hitting Palestinian towns. It was a perfect opportunity for us to blow up the dome and claim it was a Hamas missile.

          Doing so now would ignite a world war.

          What we could or should do instead is allow free access to all people of all religions and none. Enough of this Muslim supremacism in our country.

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