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Palestinian factions praise Jerusalem synagogue attack

Nov. 18, 2014 10:24 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 19, 2014 11:21 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian factions Tuesday applauded an attack by two young Palestinians in a Jerusalem synagogue, killing four Israelis earlier in the day.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement that the attack was a response to the "ongoing Israeli crimes against the Al-Aqsa Mosque," and urged Palestinians to carry out similar attacks.

"The operation in Jerusalem came in response to the execution of the martyr (Yousuf Hasan) al-Ramouni," Abu Zuhri added, referring to the Monday hanging death of a Palestinian Jerusalemite bus driver whose family says was murdered by right-wing Israelis while police say the death was a suicide.

A leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation Palestine, Kayid al-Ghoul, also praised the attack, but he did not say that the PFLP officially claimed responsibility for the attack.

Speaking to the Lebanese news channel al-Mayadin, al-Ghoul said the attack was in response to ongoing Israeli crimes in occupied Jerusalem.

The military wing of the PFLP, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, also released a statement greeting the Palestinian people in Jerusalem and "their ongoing struggle to protect the city against the Israeli occupation."

The statement "blessed" the attack on the synagogue, and any resistance activity whose goal is to "uproot settlers and occupiers."

Islamic Jihad also commented on Tuesday's attack.

"The operation in Jerusalem was a natural reaction to the crimes committed by the Israeli occupation and its settlers," a statement said.

Additionally, the Popular Resistance Committees described the attack as "heroic."

It said it was a response to "the Israeli occupation's crimes against our people and our holy places in in occupied Jerusalem."

"The door for revenge won't be closed as long as the enemy's crimes continue in ... Jerusalem," the PRC statement said.

Early Tuesday, two Palestinians armed with a gun and axes attacked a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday killing four Israelis.

Israeli police shot the two Palestinians dead.
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