Jerusalem

Lone, lethal, impossible to predict: a new terror

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 20, 2014

Jerusalem is brimming with specially trained anti-terror police. But when a call came in at 7.01 am on Tuesday morning about a terror attack in a synagogue in the Har Nof neighbourhood, the first officers on the scene were a couple of traffic cops.

One of them, Zaidan Saif, was fatally wounded when he tried to confront the murderers, cousins Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal.

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I knew the attacker's face. It was nearly the last one I saw

By Nathan Jeffay, November 20, 2014

A doctor has told of the moment he came face-to-face with one of the terrorists behind the Kehilat Bnei Torah Synagogue massacre.

Oncologist Yitzhak Hesching was deep in prayer when two terrorists, armed with knives and machetes, burst in during the morning minyan, lashing out and killing four as worshippers ran for their lives.

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UK family devastated by grandfather's murder

By Josh Jackman, November 20, 2014

Of the five men murdered in Kehilat Bnei Torah shul this week, one was a British Charedi man, Abraham Goldberg.

Mr Goldberg, a 68-year-old great-grandfather originally from Liverpool, was described as a "tolerant, good man" by his cousin, Michelle Hirschfield.

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There are no easy fixes

By Toby Greene, November 20, 2014

Tuesday's sickening attack marks a new peak in the growing tide of violence in Jerusalem. The murder of Arab teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir in July - revenge for the killing of three Israeli teens - was the principal trigger, and extremists on both sides challenging the status quo on Temple Mount (Haram-al-Sharif) have contributed to the tension.

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Wall women grateful for mini-Torah from the UK

By Simon Rocker, November 20, 2014

A tiny Sefer Torah loaned from Britain is playing its part in a campaign by women to hold prayer services at the Western Wall.

The Women of the Wall group are officially prohibited from using a Sefer Torah by the site's rabbinical authorities.

But last month they smuggled in the Sefer for a batmitzvah - and they plan to use it again for another on Sunday, which coincides with Rosh Chodesh, t

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British Jew killed in synagogue terror attack

By Josh Jackman, November 18, 2014

A British Jew was one of the victims killed in the terrorist attack on a Jerusalem synagogue this morning which left four people dead.

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Baroness Warsi in row over Jerusalem synagogue attack tweets

By Sandy Rashty, November 18, 2014

Former Cabinet Minister Sayeeda Warsi has compared the terrorists who killed four Jews praying at synagogue in Jerusalem with the Israelis who campaign outside the Al Aqsa mosque.

In a series of tweets, she wrote: “Israeli extremists storm Al Aqsa & intimidate worshipers. Palestinian extremists storm synagogue & kill 4 worshippers.”

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Israel lifts age restriction on worshippers at Temple Mount mosque

By Naomi Firsht, November 14, 2014

Age restrictions on Muslims praying at Temple Mount have been lifted for Friday prayers.

Due to the violent clashes in recent weeks, entry to the Dome of the Rock mosque was limited to men over the age of 35 and women.

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Car attacks a trend in 'mini-intifada'

By Shira Rubin, November 6, 2014

For the second time in as many weeks, a Palestinian man ploughed into a crowded light railway station in Jerusalem on Wednesday, this time killing one and injuring 13.

Israeli police identified the terrorist as Ibrahim al-Akari, a 38-year-old father of five from the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Shuafat.

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Grandfather of murdered baby speaks of his pain

By Nathan Jeffay, October 30, 2014

The grandfather of the three-month-old baby killed in last week's terror attack next to a light railway stop in Jerusalem has explained how her family is coping with their grief.

Shimshon Halperin said: "There's remarkable pain, but we are overcoming it by accepting the decree from heaven.

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