The attack by two Palestinian terrorists from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) early today at 7:00AM Israel Standard Time at the Kehillat Yaakov synagogue in Jerusalem sent a shock wave through Israel and the Jewish diaspora.
The perpetrators shot and slaughtered four rabbis; three Americans and one Briton, dual citizens,six other worshipers were wounded at early morning minyan prayers CNN reported
The four killed were all rabbis: Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, 58; Aryeh Kopinsky, 43; Moshe Twersky, 59; and Calman Levine. Goldberg was a dual British-Israeli citizen, and the other three were U.S.-Israeli citizens — which is why the FBI is investigating the attack, according to a U.S. law enforcement official.
An arm of a Jewish worshipper wrapped in tefillin (phylacteries) was chopped off by one of the two assailants. Blood according to one of the eyewitnesses was splattered over the pews, prayer books and prayer shawls or tallit of the dead and wounded. Continue reading
The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms this senseless act of terror against innocent youth. [BUT] I also urge all parties to refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation. Continue reading