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Early this morning, the quiet that normally blankets the peaceful Jerusalem neighbourhood of Har Nof was shattered. Two Palestinian terrorists armed with knives, axes and a gun stormed a synagogue and savagely attacked the Jewish worshippers who had gathered for morning prayers. The terrorists barbarically murdered four people and wounded eight others.
Three of the victims, Rabbis Moshe Twersky, Aryeh Kupinsky and Kalman Levine, were dual citizens of Israel and the United States of America, and the fourth, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, was a dual citizen of Israel and the United Kingdom.
Israel is searching for a partner in peace, but all we have found is a partnership of terror — in the unity government of Abbas and Hamas. In recent weeks, President Abbas has called on Palestinians to prevent Jews from visiting the Temple Mount using “all means” necessary and repeatedly called for a “Day of Rage”.
Every time the Palestinian Authority inflames tensions, violence follows. This morning saw the sixth terrorist attack against Israelis in less than a month. We have been attacked on train platforms and on the streets of our largest cities; today we learned that innocent Israelis can't even find sanctuary in a synagogue.
Following this morning's massacre, President Abbas’s official Fatah website called this a “heroic operation” and senior leaders praised the attack. Within hours, celebrations erupted in Palestinian towns and villages. Sweets were distributed, young Palestinian men posed with axes, loudspeakers at mosques in Gaza called out congratulations, and relatives of the terrorists hailed them as “martyrs” and “heroes”.
This disturbing response to the heinous slaughter of four innocent people is a stark indication of the culture of incitement that pervades Palestinian society. All nations and decent people should condemn this morning's appalling act of savagery and call upon President Abbas and his Fatah party to stop the anti-Israel incitement, stop glorifying murderers, and stop celebrating the murder of innocent civilians.
I should be grateful if you would have this letter distributed as a document of the Security Council.