Abbas Condemns Jerusalem Synagogue Attack

President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday condemned an attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem that killed four Israelis earlier in the day.

Abbas’ office said in a statement that the presidency always denounced the killing of civilians by any party.

“Consequently, today the presidency denounces the killing of worshipers at a place of worship in West Jerusalem,” the statement said, according to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa.

“The presidency also denounces all violent acts no matter who their source is, and demands an end to the ongoing incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the provocative acts by Israeli settlers as well as incitement by some Israeli ministers,” it added.

The statement went on to demand an end to the Israeli occupation and said the Palestinian Authority remained committed to a two-state solution.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian factions Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and the Popular Resistance Committees praised the attack.

Two Palestinians armed with a gun and axes attacked a Jerusalem synagogue earlier Tuesday, killing four Israelis before police shot the attackers dead.

(Ma’an –

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  1. How long before Israel unleashes a campaign of ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem? Right now it’s probably weighing the pros and cons of such an undertaking, especially ethnic cleansing’s effect on its special relationship with the U.S. Would the U.S. object, and if so, would it go beyond its usual mild criticism, supporting, for example, a Security Council resolution censuring Israel? But then the Arab/Islamic world would look more favorably upon the U.S., there’s be fewer potential jihadists, and with this, Washington would have difficulty in selling the public on perpetual wars and the surveillance state. Might have to get back on the road to freedom and democracy.

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