Jews Butchered As They Pray – Again

In mediaeval Europe, and right up into the twentieth century in places such as Russia, Jews died in their thousands because of lies and whispers. It was enough to spread a malicious rumour that Jews had desecrated the Host, or kidnapped and murdered a Christian child to use his blood to bake unleavened bread for Pessach, and hey presto, you could ignite a full-scale pogrom.

Nor were things any different in the Muslim world, as the Damascus Blood Libel of 1840 and the Mashhad Blood Libel and forced conversion to Islam of the city’s Jews a year earlier, prove.

For the past few weeks, Israel in general and Jerusalem in particular, have been powder kegs waiting for a spark. We have witnessed several terror attacks in which so-called “Palestinians” have used motor vehicles as a means to murder Israelis (see my previous post), others in which knives were the weapon of choice and one, last week, in which both methods were used. A “Palestinian” rammed a car into a group of people waiting at a bus-stop/hitch-hiking post and then jumped out of the car and began attacking people with a knife, fatally stabbing 26-year-old Dahlia Lemkus in the neck as she lay there injured and unable to run away.

Yesterday, two so-called “Palestinians”, armed with knives, axes and firearms, stormed a synagogue in the orthodox Jewish neighbourhood of Har Nof in Jerusalem and began to systematically butcher the Jews praying there. They managed to kill four worshippers before the police arrived on the scene. A shootout then developed, during the course of which, the “Palestinian” terrorist murderers  were liquidated by the police – not before fatally wounding a police officer, who has since died.

Hamas was quick to praise the cowardly attack, claiming it was revenge for the “lynching” of an Arab bus-driver earlier in the week.

A few days ago, an Arab bus-driver from Jerusalem (who worked for the Egged bus company – so much for the claims of apartheid in Israel) was found hanged inside his bus. All the evidence pointed to suicide. Autopsy reports proved that this was, indeed, the case, but the dead man’s family (perhaps understandably, in view of the stigma attached to suicides) insisted that there was no way he would have killed himself.

Malicious false rumours began to circulate, fueled by the “Palestinian” media and even Abu Mazen, claiming that this was no suicide but a lynching by (Jewish) “settlers” – with claims of so-called “witnesses” to having seen anything between three and six “settlers” murdering the bus driver, Youssef Hassan Al-Ramouni. Interesting that none of them thought to try to help the victim, or go to the police, or – if they didn’t trust the Israeli police – at least to call for help. Interesting, too,  that their accounts vary so much, and that they can’t seem to agree on the number of “settlers” involved, isn’t it?

I trust the parallel with the pogroms is now clear.

To get back to the despicable massacre in the synagogue yesterday morning, it should come as no surprise that the way this was treated by the world media was almost as despicable as the attack itself. Organizations such as the BBC, CNN, CBC News and so on, fell over themselves to clear the actual murderers of blame and minimize the murder of Jews.

CBC News gave us: “Jerusalem police fatally shoot 2 after apparent synagogue attack” (my italics – ed.)
According to CBC, not only is the existence or nature of the attack in doubt, but the most important point is the shooting of the murderers by the Israeli police.

CNN displayed their bias with a monumental gaffe (Freudian, no doubt) in which Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat is interviewed about the attack, atop a headline screaming: “DEADLY ATTACK ON JERUSALEM MOSQUE” (my emphasis – ed.)

This came hard on the wake of their original headline, when the news first broke (hat tip to Honest Reporting): “Four Israelis, Two Palestinians Dead in Jerusalem”, from which you might get the impression that there was some kind of moral equivalence between “Palestinian” murderers and their Jewish victims or even that the “Palestinians” and Israelis were all killed by the same people.

I am also indebted to Honest Reporting (a website I recommend highly to anyone interested in the Truth that lies beyond the blatantly dishonest journalism now common in the world media) for the BBC’s original headline: “Jerusalem synagogue attack kills four Israelis”. This headline, which has since been changed, omits all mention of the identity of the attackers. However, in the article that followed, the BBC referred to the massacre as “what police say was a “terrorist attack” at a Jerusalem synagogue” (my italics – ed.) In short, the BBC isn’t sure that when “Palestinians” storm a synagogue and butcher Jewish worshippers with meat cleavers, it is actually a “terrorist attack”. Maybe they thought it was another “accident” – like the “Palestinian” drivers who somehow manage to lose control of their vehicles when in the vicinity of large groups of Jews waiting at bus stops.

Nor was this Al-Beeb’s only sin. They interviewed Israel’s Economics Minister, Naftali Bennett after the massacre and when the latter produced a picture of one of the murdered Jews, the interviewer had the temerity to demand that he remove the photograph because “we don’t want to actually see that picture”.
Was the sight of a slaughtered Jew, lying in his own blood, too much for her tender sensibilities? Funny, the BBC doesn’t seem to have any problem with doctored pictures of dead “Palestinian” babies, usually showing a lot more horrific detail (often photo-shopped).
Well, I will show the picture:

Har Nof synagogue massacre

And this one:
Murdered Jew in Har Nof synagogueAnd this one too:

Har Nof victims

The victims of the Har Nof pogrom were Rabbi Aryeh Kopinsky , Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, Rabbi Kalman Ze’ev Levine and Rabbi Moshe Twersky.

Between them, they left behind twenty-four orphans.

And the fifth victim – Israeli Druze police officer  Zidan Saif.  A traffic cop, Saif  was one of the first responders to arrive on the scene. He was critically wounded in the head during the shootout with the terrorists and died later, in hospital. He leaves behind a widow and a four-month old baby daughter.

Zidan Saif cop killed in Har Nof massacre

May God avenge their blood.


About Shimona from the Palace

Born in London, the UK, I came on Aliyah in my teens and now live in Jerusalem, where I practice law. I am a firm believer in the words of Albert Schweitzer: "There are two means of refuge from the sorrows of this world - Music and Cats." To that, you can add Literature. To curl up on the sofa with a good book, a cat at one's feet and another one on one's lap, with a classical symphony or concerto in the background - what more can a person ask for?
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9 Responses to Jews Butchered As They Pray – Again

  1. David says:

    The terrorist attack on innocent worshipers at the synagogue was almost certainly premeditated. That would suggest that it has nothing to do with the suicide of the Arab bus driver -or possibly that the suicide was a murder staged by other Arab terrorists as part of a pretext for the synagogue attack.

  2. David Allon says:

    My blood books thinking about this pogrom, as you so rightly call it. Not only for the despicable act itself, but for how it was described in the media and how governments reacted.

    I live in Sweden, whose government just recently recognised the “Palestinian state”. The same foreign minister who was so happy to encourage the moderate forces in the PA, could only say “Horrific terrorist attack on Israeli worshipers in Jerusalem. The spiral of violence must be stopped.” What about “Sweden condems”? No way…

    More American citizens have been murdered by “Palestinians” than by IS. With IS, Obama organised a coalition of 38 nations to fight IS, with the “Palestinians” he sent condolences to the bereaved families.

    • My blood boils too. I hold those governments who fail to condemn terror, and the world media, which demonize Israel either out of greed for Arab oil millions or out of simple, old-fashioned antisemitism, complicit in these murders. I want to scream with rage.

  3. ShimonZ says:

    Thank you for ‘telling it like it is’.

  4. Stacey says:

    The Netherlands are not more or less safer for any Jew than any other country in wetresn/central Europe. Amsterdam and Den Haag have a big orthodox community as well as reform. Dutch people tend to be very tolerant and open minded, so that won’t be a problem.BUT and this is my but I would never march outside an orthdox neighbourhood in Europe with a Kippa on my head or Tzitzit that can be seen as such. Dutch people won’t harm you, but islamic antisemitism is a problem in European countries and can be dangerous if you meet the wrong people.I live in Germany and had never problems with german people but I was several times bothered by muslim teenagers on the street when I was entering Shul and during summers if one could see my Magen David (which is very small and hardly to recognize, but they made it). No one ever touched or hurt me, but they sometimes shout at you less nicer things. Males over here tend not to wear a Kippa outside of Shul take a Baseballcap or something else as it can get dangerous (in big towns, outside of jewish neighbourhoods). Over here, people tend to not telling everyone that they are jewish as long as you don’t know people more closer as many tend to change towards you if they know so it might be better to get to know them more properly first before you tell them about this.

  5. Kathryn says:

    Where has the notion of sanctuary gone,I wonder.And the frightful truth that people can buy kitchen knives and use them to attack people suddenly even if they have no guns.So it’s harder to try to forestall such events

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