At 7:37 a.m. (1:37 a.m. EST), The Jerusalem Post reported a terror attack at Kehilat Yaakov synagogue in the Orthodox neighborhood of Har Nof, Jerusalem. According to the Times of Israel, two unmasked terrorists entered the building with “a gun, a meat cleaver, and an ax.” The careful selection of these weapons in this particularly religious neighborhood point to the fact that this was a premeditated massacre. As of 5:31 a.m. EST, there have been four casualties and six injuries, two of which are police officers.
Images of the scene outside and inside the synagogue show nothing but blood and chaos. Additionally, a graphic image has surfaced online of a fallen worshiper, left covered with a prayer scarf covering his dead body. Images also show the defeated terrorists, who were killed by Israeli Police forces in a shooting battle outside the synagogue.
This incident is indeed one of the many acts of terror committed by Hamas. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told The Jerusalem Post, “We are viewing this as a terrorist attack.” Hamas leadership have confirmed this, saying that this was “a response to the murder of the martyr Yusuf Ramouni,” which refers to a bus driver found hanging in his vehicle on Sunday. Some believe that this was a staged murder, rather than a suicide.
Hamas spokesperson, Mushir al-Masri, posted an Anti-Semitic political cartoon on his Facebook page, posted the IDF Spokesperson on Twitter:
It is believed that despite Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas condemning the actions of the terrorists, this is not a genuine sentiment. Mahmoud Abbas may have incited these anti-Jewish tendencies, which then provoked extremist groups such as Hamas and their followers.
The assailants of this bloody attack were confirmed to be cousins, Said Abu Jamal and Uday Warsan from East Jerusalem.