Terror in Jerusalem, Palestinian massacres in the synagogue. And Hamas rejoices

Terrorist attack in Jerusalem: the still provisional balance speaks of at least seven dead, eight according to other estimates, and at least a dozen wounded, some of whom are in desperate conditions. The suicide bomber opened fire on worshipers outside a synagogue on Shabbat night in the Orthodox neighborhood of Neve Yaakov. According to Israeli media, the assailant resided in East Jerusalem and was killed by police. The Jerusalem Post writes on its website that he is 21-year-old Palestinian Alqam Khairi, a resident of Shuafat refugee camp. He would have no history of terrorism. He allegedly opened fire inside the Ateret Avraham synagogue during Friday night prayers, then chased after people trying to escape. His car escape was stopped by Israeli police officers who the 21-year-old shot at and was killed in the ensuing shootout. Soon after, there was a blitz by Israeli forces in the refugee camp where the terrorist lived.

“The Italian government strongly condemns the cowardly terrorist attack in Jerusalem and expresses its condolences and closeness to the State of Israel and all its people,” reads a note from Palazzo Chigi. “I am shocked by the news of the attack on the synagogue in Jerusalem on Shabbat,” tweeted Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani. “An act of terror, even more horrendous on the day we commemorate the Holocaust. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their loved ones.”

This is the most serious massacre since 2008, when a Palestinian entered a religious school with a machine gun, killing eight students. Meanwhile, after the attack, there were scenes of jubilation in the Gaza Strip. The Islamic movement Hamas, which in fact governs the enclave, celebrated through the loudspeakers of the mosques, without however claiming the action. In the coastal enclave, gunshots were also heard in the air as several drivers honked their horns shouting “God is great”. “We salute the jihadist and resistance action in the city of Jerusalem. The heroic operation comes as revenge for the martyrs of Jenin,” said Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem, commenting on the attack in Jerusalem. “The operation in Jerusalem is a natural response to the crime of occupying Jenin,” he said.

Source: IL Tempo