Three American Citizens Among Victims in Jerusalem Synagogue Attack

Carrie Dedrick | Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Three American Citizens Among Victims in Jerusalem Synagogue Attack

Palestinian militants killed at least four people in an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue today (Nov. 18). The victims in the attack include three Americans. More victims were injured in the attack and were promptly taken to area hospitals. 

Two of the attacker were also killed by Israeli police. 

ABC News reports that militants carrying knives and axes stormed the synagogue in Har Nof, an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood with a population of about 20,000 people. 

Hamas militants reportedly praised the work of the assailants but did not claim responsibility for the attack. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that attack was a "cruel murder of Jews who came to pray and were killed by despicable murderers." The Prime Minister also vowed that Israel would “respond harshly” to the attack. 

United States Secretary of State John Kerry said, "The people who had come to worship God in the sanctuary of a synagogue were hatcheted and hacked, were murdered, in that holy place in an act of pure terror and senseless brutality murder. I call on the Palestinian leadership at every single level to condemn this in the most powerful terms." 

Publication date: November 18, 2014