(JNS.org) U.S. President Barack Obama, who “strongly” condemned the murder of four Jewish worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday, also said that “the majority of Palestinians and Israelis overwhelmingly want peace” despite the fact that various Palestinian factions have expressed support for the terror attack.
Two Arab terrorists from eastern Jerusalem attacked Jewish worshippers inside the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue with butcher knives, axes, and guns, killing five people—three of whom were American citizens.
"There is and can be no justification for such attacks against innocent civilians," Obama said in a statement, adding, "This is a tragedy for both nations, Israel and the United States."
Despite Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’s public condemnation of the attack, his adviser—PA Chairman Sultan Abu Al-Einein—called the attack a "heroic operation" on his Facebook page and referred to the terrorists as “martyrs.”
A Fatah spokesperson also said that his group "welcomed the martyrdom-seeking operation (Istish'had) in Jerusalem," and was "escorting the martyrs (shahids) of the Abu Jamal family to paradise,” Palestinian Media Watch reported.
Palestinian leaders and media outlets also blamed the terrorist attack on the recent death of an Arab bus driver in eastern Jerusalem several, despite autopsy findings showing that the driver committed suicide.
Meanwhile, Hamas-affiliated social media pages were filled with graphic posts on Tuesday exhibiting violent and anti-Semitic cartoons that praised the terror attack. One of the images showed the terrorists wielding knives and axes while the victims are lying bleeding on the floor. One of the terrorists holds a bloody ax and a knife while exclaiming "Where are they?"—to indicate that he is seeking more victims.