(JNS.org) A terrorist attack on the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue in Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood on Tuesday morning killed four rabbis, including three American citizens, and wounded at least eight other Jewish worshippers.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened an emergency security meeting at his office, saying that Israel “will respond with a heavy hand to the brutal murder of Jews who came to pray and were met by reprehensible murderers.” Netanyahu blamed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for inciting the violence that led to the attack.
“This is the direct result of incitement being led by Hamas and Abbas, incitement which the international community is irresponsibly ignoring,” Netanyahu said.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also focused on incitement in his reaction to the attack. He said that the Palestinian leadership “must begin to take serious steps to restrain any kind of incitement that comes from their language, from other people’s language, and exhibit the kind of leadership that is necessary to put this region on a different path.”
Rasan and Oudai Abu Jamal, two Arab terrorists from eastern Jerusalem, attacked worshippers inside the synagogue with butcher knives, axes, and guns, killing four people. The terrorists were then killed in a shootout with police. The Israel Police reported that the terrorists were affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
The three American victims included Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59, head of the English-speaking Yeshiva Toras Moshe in Jerusalem; Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky, 43; and Rabbi Kalman Zeev Levine, 55. The fourth victim was British-born Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, 68.