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Video Report On Har Nof Terror Attack- 3 Victims Hacked To Death With Axes And Knives One Murdered By Shooting

November 18, 2014


Watch: Terror at the Scene of Har Nof Slaughter

Arutz Sheva reports from scene of the terrorist attack in Jerusalem where four Jews were murdered at a synagogue; 'we don't feel secure.'

By Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar

First Publish: 11/18/2014, 4:35 PM

Arutz Sheva was on the scene on Tuesday at the "Kehilat Yaakov" synagogue in Jerusalem's western Har Nof neighborhood, where in the early morning hours two Arab terrorists stormed in during morning prayers armed with axes, guns and knives, murdering four Jews and wounding eight others including four in critical condition.

Amram Cohen, a resident of the area, described the incident, noting that three of the four victims were hacked to death with axes and knives, while the fourth was murdered by gunfire.

Thousands took part in the funeral of the four victims early Tuesday afternoon. The four included Rabbi Moshe Twersky, hy"d, 'Rosh Kollel' for the 'Torat Moshe' yeshiva; Rabbi Kalman Levine, hy"d; and Aryeh Kupinsky, hy"d, all of whom held joint Israeli-US citizenship; and Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, hy"d, who was a dual Israeli-UK citizen.

Cohen noted that there is a "Hashomer" civilian patrol organization to provide security in the neighborhood, but that even so, with the faltering security situation and rising Arab terrorism, local residents don't feel secure. He added that the recent upsurge in attacks looks as though it is organized.

The two terrorists, identified as cousins Uday and Rassan Abu Jamal of the Jabel Mukabar neighborhood, hold blue teudat zehut identity cards and the benefits Israeli residency entails. One of them reportedly worked at a grocery store next to the synagogue they attacked; they were killed in a gunfight with police afterwards.

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Har Nof Attack Scene 'Looked Like the Holocaust'

ZAKA founder describes the gruesome sight of synagogue massacre, which made other attack scenes pale by comparison.

Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar

At the scene of the terrorist attack in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood, where earlier on Tuesday two Arab terrorists murdered four Jews and wounded eight others, Arutz Sheva got the chance to speak with Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, founder and chairman of ZAKA.

ZAKA works to ensure proper burial according to Jewish law at the scenes of attacks and natural disasters, although according to Meshi-Zahav, the Har Nof attack was of a level he had never seen before.

"I don't remember seeing a disaster scene as shocking as this, (the victims) were wrapped in talit (prayer shawls) and tefilin (phylacteries)," said Meshi-Zahav.

Describing the horrific sight, he continued "puddles, rivers of blood throughout the entire synagogue, siddurim (prayer books) thrown all over the floor - a sight that we only recognize from the Holocaust, from the period of the Holocaust."

"These are Jews who got up early in the morning to pray to the Creator of the World, and in the middle of their prayers - in the middle of a religious act, of an act of faith, not of conflict - were attacked...I do not know what is more shocking than this," remarked Meshi-Zahav.

Thousands showed up for the funerals of the four victims, who included Rabbi Moshe Twersky, hy"d, 'Rosh Kollel' for the 'Torat Moshe' yeshiva; Rabbi Kalman Levine, hy"d; Aryeh Kupinsky, hy"d, and Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, hy"d.

In the attack, cousins Uday and Rassan Abu Jamal of Jerusalem's Jabel Mukabar neighborhood used hatchets, knives and guns to attack worshipers at a synagogue before being killed in a shootout with police.

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