The murderous terrorist attack on a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday has claimed a fifth victim. Overnight, police officer Zidan Seif (30), a member of Israel’s Druze minority, died of his wounds after being shot in the head during a standoff with the terrorists.
The four others killed in the massacre were also named: Rabbi Moshe Twersky, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, Rabbi Kalman Levine and Aryeh Kupinsky. The four were buried under and atmosphere of national mourning.
Religious Jewish authorities urged their communities to also attend the funeral of Zidan Seif, who, despite not being Jewish, laid down his life in defense of his Jewish countrymen. Seif leaves behind a wife and young child.
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Meanwhile, Jerusalem’s Arab population continued to riot, especially in the neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, home of the synagogue terrorists, who were killed while attacking police officers who responded to the scene of the attack.
Arab youths in Jabel Mukaber burned tires and hurled stones at police, who in turn used stun grenades and tear gas to quell the violence. Jerusalem’s light rail also sustained additional damage.
Nearby in Jerusalem’s Old City, a 20-year-old Jewish man was attacked by a pair of Arab youths wielding an iron pipe. The perpetrators were identified thanks to security cameras and were later arrested.
On the other side of town, some 300 Israelis protested on Jerusalem’s main access road. They demanded revenge for the synagogue slaughter, and some shouted slogans against Islam’s Prophet Mohammed. A number of protestors were briefly detained for disobeying police orders to not block traffic around Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station.
Around the same time in Gaza, photos published by local and international media showed Palestinian Arabs were praising the perpetrators of the synagogue massacre as martyrs and heroes, and were celebrating gruesome attack by passing out sweets and marching with photos of the two terrorists.