(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Tuesday’s truck-ramming terror attack along a New York City bike path, near the World Trade Center memorial, which killed at least eight people and wounded 11 others.
“We stand with our friends in New York and all Americans following yet another horrible Islamist terror attack,” Netanyahu said. “We pray for the victims and their families. Together we will defeat this scourge.”
The attack was carried out by Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who immigrated to the U.S. from Uzbekistan in 2010. Saipov left a note at the scene declaring his allegiance to the Islamic State terror group, which has encouraged followers to perpetrate car-ramming attacks similar to those carried out by Palestinian terrorists against Israelis in recent years.
Saipov was shot by police after getting out of his rental truck and fleeing with two fake plastic guns, while yelling “Allahu Akbar” (God is greater). The terrorist is expected to survive.
“This was an act of terror, a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians, aimed at innocent people going about their lives,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
The Israeli-American Council said, “In the strongest possible terms, we condemn all acts of terrorism—whether in London, Nice, Jerusalem, or New York—and stand against the evil ideology that fuels them.”
Among those killed in the terror attack were five Argentine men, one of whom was Jewish businessman Ariel Erlij. He was in New York as part of a 30th college reunion vacation with his former classmates.
“Profoundly moved by the tragic deaths this afternoon in NY. We place ourselves at the disposition of the families of the Argentinian victims,” Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri tweeted.