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.
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.