Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Four Rabbis Killed in Jerusalem Synagogue Attack; Police Kill 2 Attackers with Gun, Ax, Meat Cleaver

Four rabbis -- three of them U.S.-born -- were killed in an attack on a West Jerusalem synagogue today (November 18, 2014) by two Palestinians wielding a gun, an ax, and a meat cleaver, according to the USA Today website.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to "respond harshly." He immediately ordered the demolition of the attackers' homes, although the attackers had been shot and killed by police.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said eight people were wounded in the assault during morning prayers, including police officers. She added that the attackers were Palestinians from East Jerusalem.

The U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem identified the dual American-Israeli citizens as Aryeh Kupinsky, Cary Levine, and Mosheh Twersky. The fourth victim is Avraham Goldberg, who was born in the United Kingdom.

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