Israeli Druze policeman succumbs to wounds from synagogue attack

Zidan Saif. Credit: Provided photo.

Zidan Saif. Credit: Provided photo.

( Advanced Staff Sgt. Maj. Zidan Saif, a 30-year-old Israeli Druze policeman, died in the hospital Tuesday night from injuries he suffered during a shootout with the terrorists who carried out Tuesday’s synagogue attack in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem. Saif is the fifth fatality in the attack.

Saif was among the first two police officers to arrive at the scene of the slaughter, and one of three policemen credited with quelling the attack and preventing further injuries and death. He and another traffic officer arrived first, followed by a forensics officer. The two traffic officers approached the entrance to the synagogue and carried out a gun battle with the two terrorists.

Druze spiritual leader Sheikh Moafaq Tarif said that many Druze serve in the Israeli security forces and work on a daily basis to eliminate terror risks for Israel. “We are proud of our sons who fearlessly fight against terror attacks,” he said, according to Israel Hayom.

“It is a black day for Israeli society and the state of Israel when citizens are murdered for being Jewish,” said Tarif. “The Druze people condemn this disgusting act of terror in which Palestinian terrorists slaughtered and massacred innocent citizens. We cannot allow the citizens of this country to be murdered on a daily basis.”

Posted on November 19, 2014 .