Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, laid flowers at the site of Sunday’s truck-ramming terror attack at the Haas Promenade in Jerusalem Wednesday. Speaking at a memorial event hosted by The Israel Project (which publishes The Tower), Mladenov drew a link between terror against Israelis and similar violence taking place around the world. “We need to stand united against this rise of violent extremism,” he said. “Terrorism will never be tolerated. There are no excuses.”
In the attack, a Palestinian resident of Jerusalem slammed a truck into a group of IDF cadets who had just gotten off a bus during a field trip. Four were murdered and 17 others injured.
The memorial event also featured representatives of Israel’s Jewish and Christian clergy, who called for an end to terror and peace among faiths.
Mladenov added his voice to a rising tide of worldwide condemnations of the attack, which comes in the wake of Palestinian calls for increased violence following last month’s UN Security Council resolution that described Israel’s presence in eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank as illegal. Israeli authorities have recorded an increase of violent attacks since the passage of the resolution.
[Photo: The Israel Project]