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Deadly Jerusalem Terror Attack Focuses Attention on Fatah-Hamas Cooperation, Anti-Jewish Incitement

A Palestinian terrorist on Wednesday killed a three month old baby and injured at least 8 other Israelis, plowing into them with a car while they were waiting at a light rail station in Jerusalem. Jerusalem Post reporter Ben Hartman conveyed statements from the murdered baby’s grandfather describing the attack in more detail:

The attacker has been confirmed as Hamas member Abdel Rahman Al-Shaludi – the nephew of the Palestinian terror group’s former top bomb-maker Mohiyedine Sharif – and Hamas reportedly boasted that the attack was a response to Jews on Palestinian land. Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat told Israel’s Channel 1 that three of the victims were Americans who had recently moved to Israel, while other reports went further and identified the three as the murdered baby and both of the parents. State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf could not confirm that any Americans had been injured in the attack, though she emphasized that that the Obama administration was “concerned” about the incident and “obviously condemn[s] any such acts.” Meanwhile Mark Regev, the spokesperson for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, blasted Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas for continuing to sit in a Palestinian unity government with Hamas and for recent statements in which Abbas had lashed out against Jews living in Jerusalem:

The Palestinian leader had called for Jews to be barred from accessing Jerusalem’s Temple Mount – he referred to them as “cattle herds” – and accused them of launching a “fierce onslaught on Al-Aksa Mosque, Jerusalem and the Holy Sepulchre Church.” Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman had criticized the speech, accusing Abbas of “ramp[ing] up incitement against Israel and the Jews” and of “call[ing] for a religious war.”

The Associated Press (AP) had assessed that the “heightened rhetoric” was “an apparent sign of desperation” by Abbas.

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