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
On Wednesday, November 13, an 18-year old, newly-drafted Israeli soldier Eden Atias boarded an Egged bus that would take him back to his base. Before the trip had barely begun, he fell asleep. Atias had just entered the Israeli army two weeks earlier and was still in his first days of basic training. While he slept, the 16-year old sitting next to him stabbed him viciously, several times in the neck. Atias was rushed to Haemek Hospital in Afula, where surgeons worked feverishly to save his life, but could not. Atias died in the hospital, and before the day was ended, he was buried at the Nazareth Illit military cemetery (photo shows family mourning at his funeral).
The murderer, Hussein Sharif Rawarda, was immediately arrested by the Israeli police. He told them, “I boarded the bus with the intention of stabbing someone. . . . to bring a gift to the Palestinian people and to Hamas prisoners for the festival of sacrifice”. Continue reading