Presidency: We Condemn Killing of Civilians no Matter who is Doing it

RAMALLAH, November 18, 2014 – (WAFA) – The Presidency condemned the killing of civilians regardless of the party committing the attacks, stressing the need to end the causes of such attacks and current tension through ending the Israeli occupation.

It also condemned the killing of Israeli civilians in the West Jerusalem synagogue attack and called for the immediate cessation of the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque Complex by extremist Jewish settler groups as well as an end to provocations of settlers and incitement of some Israeli ministers.

Two Palestinians armed with a gun and axes attacked a West Jerusalem synagogue, killing five Israelis and injuring several others. The two suspects were shot dead by Israeli police.

The attack came a day after a Palestinian bus driver was found hanged to death inside a bus at a stop for the Israeli transport company Egged in West Jerusalem.

Israeli media quoted Israeli Police as saying that there were six injured, including two policemen, one of whom sustained critical injuries, while the other officer was moderately hurt. They identified the two suspects in the attack as Ghassan Abu Jamal and his cousin Udayy from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukaber.

Presidency stressed that it is now the time to end the Israeli occupation and eliminate the causes of tension and violence, stressing ‘our’ commitment to reach a just solution that is based on the two-state solution in accordance with the legitimate international resolutions.

The presidency affirmed its commitment to maintain a calm atmosphere in line with the understandings that were concluded with King of Jordan Abdullah II and US Secretary of State John Kerry

In the wake of the attack, groups of Israeli settlers started to pursue Palestinian workers in West Jerusalem, reportedly assaulting them. This has prompted Israeli police to instruct Palestinian workers to return to their homes fearing that they might be attacked by settlers.

Forces, following the incident, cordoned and raided Jabal al-Mukaber to the southeast of the city, triggering clashes with Palestinian locals.

Forces fired live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters toward the house of Abu Jamal family, suspected of committing the above-mentioned Jerusalem attack on a synagogue, injuring 22 locals.

They also brutally physically assaulted locals at the scene and arrested two members of Abu Jamal family.