TEL AVIV – A Palestinian terrorist carried out a stabbing attack outside a synagogue in south Tel Aviv on Thursday, killing two and wounding one other.
The Palestinian attacker was lightly wounded, then subdued and apprehended by security forces. According to Israeli Army Radio, police are searching the area for a second suspect.
Eyewitnesses said the carnage took place outside a synagogue in the Panorama office building on south Tel Aviv’s Ben Tzvi Street. One bystander captured this image and shared on social media.
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Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reports that the Palestinian attacker, a 26-year old from the West Bank village of Dura, was provided with a permit to enter Israel about a month ago and told interrogators that he came to kill Jews.
The assault in Tel Aviv was followed by a Palestinian shooting and car ramming attack targeting Israeli vehicles in Gush Eztion in the West Bank. According to initial reports, three people were killed and four others were wounded in that attack.
Today’s incident marks the first terrorist attack in central Israel in two-and-a-half weeks, and the first major attack since last Friday’s killing of a rabbi and his son in the ancient West Bank city of Hebron.
Deputy Defense Minister Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan noted today’s stabbing outside a synagogue took place one year and one day after a terrorist massacre at a Jerusalem synagogue ad yeshiva in which five people were killed.
“Just yesterday we marked one year since the despicable massacre at a synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem, a year in which terror has hit us without mercy – and now another despicable attack has occurred, this time at a synagogue in Tel Aviv,” Ben-Dahan said.
“Terror is terror, and it doesn’t matter where it occurs,” he continued, hinting at the recent terrorist attacks in Europe. In Israel’s case “its roots are the incitement from the Palestinian leadership which encourages (violence).