Again and again we see it: “Palestinian” jihadis murder innocent Israeli civilians, and the reaction among “Palestinians” is to pass out candy and celebrate. But remember: if you call this savagery, you’re a bigoted, racist Islamophobe.
“British-born rabbi slaughtered in Jerusalem synagogue attack: Four worshippers killed at dawn by fanatics screaming ‘God is great’ armed with knives, axes and guns,” by Ted Thornhill, Paul Alster and Inna Lazareva, Daily Mail, November 18, 2014:
A British-born father was one of the four killed by Palestinian terrorists armed with axes and guns in a Jerusalem synagogue.
Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, described as a ‘pillar of the community’, was born in Liverpool and held a dual British-Israeli passport.
The 68-year-old lived in Golders Green in London before moving to Israel and was a regular visitor to the synagogue.
Friend David Osborne told Jewish News: ‘He was the most wonderful person you could meet, a pillar of the community. I was on my way to the synagogue when I heard screams and shots being fired, I knew instantly it was bad.’
A Foreign Office spokesman told MailOnline: ‘We are aware of the death of a dual British-Israeli national in Israel on 18 November 2014.’
After the attack Palestinians celebrated in the streets, throwing sweets and posing with the weapons used in the massacre.
The assailants, named as cousins Uday and Rassan Abu Jamal, both in their 20s, burst in screaming ‘God is great’ as people had their heads bowed in prayer. A rabbi is among the dead and eight people are injured, including two police officers.
But there were scenes of chilling celebration as the blood was being wiped off the floors of the synagogue and pavements outside, with a joyful woman pictured scattering sweets in Gaza and masked Palestinians holding axes and a gun.
Eye witness Ya’akov Amos said: ‘The terrorist moved to within a metre of me then started shooting. One, two, three, bang, bang, bang. I immediately hit the ground and tried to protect myself with a prayer stand. He kept screaming ‘Allah hu’Akbar’.
Dr Joyce Morel, one of the first medics on the scene, spoke of the gruesome scene he encountered. He said: ‘There was an man sitting outside the synagogue – he was severely injured. He told me he’d been shot and stabbed. We opened up his shirts and he had a huge gash in his back where he was stabbed with an axe which went all the way through his ribs.’
According to Times of Israel Rabbi Moshe Twersky, the head of Torat Moshe yeshiva, was one of the Israelis killed in the attack. He will be buried at Jerusalem’s Har Hamenuchot cemetery at 2pm today.
Twersky was the elder son of Rabbi Isadore Twersky of Boston, and a grandson of Modern Orthodox luminary Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.
The three other victims have been named as Arieh Kopinsky, 43, from Har Nof, Abraham Shmuel Goldberg, 68, a father of nine and rabbi Calman Levine, also from the neighbourhood.
Pictures posted online revealed the horror of the attack, showing a bloodied meat cleaver at the scene, along with heavily blood-stained floors and bodies covered in shawls.
The two attackers are cousins Uday and Rassan Abu Jamal, close relatives of a Hamas terrorist who was released in 2011 as part of the exchange deal for the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, according to Israeli radio.
The attack began just before 7am as between 20 and 30 people gathered for prayers.
The assailants used hand guns, axes and cleavers as they rampaged through the building, sending those inside running for their lives.
Ya’akov Amos, who was inside the synagogue and witnessed the attack, described how he saw one of the gunmen at point-blank range: ‘The first thing I recall of the incident is seeing a man close to me bleeding through his prayer shawl. Moments later the terrorist moved to within a metre of me then started shooting in the other direction. One, two, three, bang, bang, bang. I immediately hit the ground and tried to protect myself with a prayer stand. I was completely in shock. It all happened in a matter of moments. He kept screaming ‘Allah hu’Akbar’.
‘I didn’t see his face, but through the gap in the stand I saw him shooting from almost point blank range. I then stood up and threw the stand in his direction and simply ran for my life. The man was working his way round to me, so I just ran.
‘I ran outside with the shooting continuing in the background and screamed at people ‘they’re shooting us… call the police!’ There were 25 to 30 people praying there. What a shock. It would seem that I know one of the men that was murdered.
‘I need to think how God protects us. I got to my house ([nearby] in hysterics. It’s a terrible feeling, but we won’t give in. We will continue to pray. They’re big heroes killing people from behind.’…
In a statement, Hamas praised the synagogue attack as a ‘heroic act’, saying it was a ‘response to continued Israeli crimes, the killing, desecrating al-Aqsa (mosque),’ a reference to a recent incident at the holy site. It also called for a continuation of ‘vendettas’
Hamas leader Mushir al-Masri said that the slaughter of the worshippers was a ‘natural reaction’ to the death of 32-year-old Palestinian bus driver Yusuf Hasan al-Ramuni, who was found hanged in his vehicle on Sunday.
Police said there was no evidence of foul play, blaming his death on suicide, with their findings backed up by a post-mortem.
But colleagues and family said there were signs of violence on his body, claiming he was murdered.
And the Palestinian pathologist who attended the post-mortem also ruled out suicide, suggesting he may have been drugged then strangled, the family’s lawyer said.
Thousands attended his funeral late on Monday, some of them calling for revenge….