Two Palestinian terrorists found to be members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) stormed a synagogue in west Jerusalem, armed with axes, knives and a firearm then proceeded to commit acts of murderous jihad. Of the four rabbis who were killed, three held U.S.-Israeli citizenship and one was an Israeli-British citizen.
According to the Guardian (click here for live updates):
Four Israelis were killed and eight more wounded in a frenzied assault by two Palestinian men on Jewish worshippers praying at a Jerusalem synagogue in the most lethal incident in the city in years.
The two assailants who launched their attack with meat cleavers and a gun during early morning prayers were then killed by police officers in the ensuing gun battle at the scene of the attack.
The deaths occurred as the two men – identified by family members as cousins Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal from the East Jerusalem district of Jabal Mukaber – burst into the Bnei Torah synagogue in Har Nof, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood of West Jerusalem.
Three of the victims held dual US-Israeli citizenship, and one was a British-Israeli citizen – 68-year-old Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, who emigrated to Israel from the UK in 1993.
The three US citizens were 59-year-old Rabbi Moshe Twersky – the head of an English speaking religious college – Aryeh Kopinsky, 43, and Kalman Zeev Levine, 55. The grandson of one of the founders of the Modern Orthodox movement, Twersky lived close to the scene of the attack in Har Nof.
The PFLP is Exhibit A in what can be wrong with Palestinian Christianity; it comes with a virulent hatred of Jews that far outweighs any Christian principles. PFLP was founded by a man named George Habash who was a Marxist.
Another leader with PFLP was Wadie Haddad, who organized multiple terror attacks in the 1960’s and 70’s in support of Palestinian nationalism.
As the details of this attack unfold, it is important that the PFLP be viewed in the proper context. Whatever tenets of Christianity may be adhered to, the anti-Jewish strain that runs through the PFLP far outweighs it.
The PFLP has a history that includes collaborating with the PLO.
In Gaza, Palestinian Muslims celebrated the attack.
To put a finer point on the issue of the Palestinian brand of Christianity, consider the response Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) got earlier this year when speaking at an event sponsored by In Defense of Christians. After expressing support for Israel, he was booed off the stage, as Shoebat.com reported: