From:                              Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford

Sent:                               Tuesday, November 18, 2014 1:28 PM

To:                                   'Jewish Federation NB'

Subject:                          Special:  The Bulletin - A Community Update for November 18, 2014

The Bulletin - A Community Update for November 18, 2014

Armed with knives, axes and a gun, cousins Ghassan and Udai Abu Jamal entered the Kehillat Yaakov synagogue located in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem, where mostly orthodox Jews reside, with purpose – murder.  They murdered four rabbis and seriously wounded eight other worshipers before they were killed by police.  Aryeh Kopinsky, 43, Moshe Twersky (grandson of a renowned Boston rabbi), 59, Calman Levine (age unknown) and Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, 58, died.  Three were dual American and Israeli citizens, one a British-Israeli citizen.

This was the deadliest attack in Jerusalem since eight seminary students were killed in March of 2008.  This attack follows weeks of tension in Jerusalem over the stalled peace process, Temple Mount and, just days ago, the death of Palestinian bus driver Yousuf al-Ramouni  who was found hanged in his vehicle.  Israel said an autopsy determined the death was a suicide.  Family members believe he was attacked.  Mourners at the driver’s funeral chanted for revenge.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned today’s attack but was instrumental in the past few weeks in calling Muslims to protect the Temple Mount despite repeated statements that the status quo there will not be changed and more importantly has not been in many years.  Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror organizations praised the attack and as Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic reports, it is perhaps more disturbing to see such a wholesale endorsement of terror than the act itself.  It is no surprise Gaza youngsters handed out candy in the street just as they did on September 11 when the towers came down. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to respond “with a heavy hand.”  President Obama said, “There is and can be no justification for such attacks against innocent civilians.”

Twenty years ago, after the Jewish fanatic killed Muslims in Hebron, the then-prime minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, said of the killer, "You are not part of the community of Israel.  You are a foreign implant.  You are an errant weed.  Sensible Judaism spits you out."  Hamas's endorsement of the massacre of Jews at prayer in their holy city confirms—as if we needed confirming—that its goal is the eradication of Israel and its Jews.

The Jewish Federations of North America issued a statement condemning the attack, sending condolences to the families of the victims and wishing a speedy recovery to the injured.

Ellen Hull, president of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford, supported this statement and added, “This ýact of terrorism is outrageous and unacceptable.  An attack on innocent people praying in a synagogue is incomprehensible.  Our local community joins communities everywhere in condemning this attack.”

Amir

 This is a special edition of The Bulletin,  a weekly email from Amir Cohen, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford.  I welcome your feedback at amir@jewishnewbedford.org