Politicians slam synagogue killings

Published: Tuesday 18th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has joined US Secretary of State John Kerry in condemning an attack by Palestinian militants on a synagogue in Jerusalem.

Two Palestinians stormed the synagogue, attacking worshippers with knives, axes and guns, and killing four people before they were themselves shot dead by police.

Speaking in London, Mr Kerry and Mr Hammond called on the Palestinian leadership “at every single level” to condemn the assault.

“To have this kind of act, which is a pure result of incitement, of calls for days of rage, of irresponsibility is unacceptable,” Mr Kerry told reporters.

“The Palestinian leadership must condemn this and they must begin to take serious steps to restrain any kind of incitement that comes from their language, from other people’s language, and exhibit the kind of leadership that is necessary to put this region on a different path.”

Mr Hammond added: “Both sides in this conflict need to do everything possible to de escalate the situation and reduce the tension we’ve seen in Jerusalem over the past few weeks, which is extremely dangerous for both Palestinian and Jewish communities in that area.”

The attack comes amid heightened tensions in the city, with a wave of attacks by Palestinians on Israelis killing at least six people in recent weeks.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the violence as the “cruel murder of Jews who came to pray and were killed by despicable murderers”.

He blamed the attack on incitement by the Islamic militant group Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, which he said the international community had been “irresponsibly ignoring”.

Published: Tuesday 18th November 2014 by The News Editor

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