JERUSALEM, Israel – Palestinians are being indoctrinated with the lie that killing Jews is necessary for the redemption of humanity, an Israeli expert said following a brutal terrorist shooting in a trendy restaurant in the heart of Tel Aviv.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened his Security Cabinet Thursday in the Defense Ministry, ironically just down the street from Wednesday night’s murder of four Jews. It’s the latest incident in the now eight-month wave of terrorism.
“Paramedics treated around 10 casualties, among them at least one in critical condition,” Magen David Adom paramedic Uri Shaham said. “We’re still at the scene looking for casualties.”
Netanyahu landed from his state visit to Russia soon after the shootings and toured the scene.
“This is a savage crime, murder, terrorism in the heart of Tel Aviv,” Netanyahu said.
A security guard and a police officer each shot one of the two terrorists, who are cousins from an Arab village near Hebron. They slipped through the security net Israel established to guard against these kinds of attacks. Most potential attacks are thwarted.
While Israelis mourned the dead and cared for the wounded, some Palestinians celebrated.
Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh tweeted, “Glory and salutations to the Hebronites.” He included a victory sign emoji. Hamas said it was just the first surprise in store for Israelis during Ramadan.
Jerusalem Arabs applauded and cheered outside the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City. Palestinians in the West Bank passed out candy to celebrate the attack.
Itamar Marcus, director of the Palestinian Media Watch said the attacks are glorified not just by Hamas but also by Fatah, the political party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
“So why are they giving out candies in the street? Because when a population is told that this is what their god wants of them, this is going to bring about the redemption of humanity, killing the Jews is a condition for the redemption of humanity, so of course then it’s a celebration every time an Israeli is killed,” Marcus told CBN News.