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Islamic preacher opens fire in Jerusalem’s Old City, murdering one person and injuring four

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“Israeli Minister of Public Security Omer Bar-Lev said the assailant, 42, is an Islamic preacher…” “On Friday, the same day that his wife was said to have left the country, a Facebook account that appeared to belong to the shooter re-shared a post from 2014 referring to the Quranic story of the Prophet Muhammad’s pilgrimage to al-Aqsa Mosque, near the location of Sunday’s shooting.”

Not that this has anything to do with Islam, of course. Western analysts and policymakers continue resolutely to ignore the Islamic aspect of this conflict, while the “Palestinians” continually make it clear that it’s all about Islam. That’s why no Western-devised “solution” has worked, or ever could work.

“One Israeli killed, four injured after Palestinian opens fire in Jerusalem’s Old City,” by Shira Rubin, Times of Israel, November 21, 2021:

TEL AVIV — A Palestinian man opened fire on a group of Israelis near a holy site in Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday morning, killing one and injuring four others, according to Israeli security forces. Police said they fatally shot the assailant within 32 seconds of the start of the incident, the second attack in the area within the week.

Israeli Minister of Public Security Omer Bar-Lev said the assailant, 42, is an Islamic preacher and known member of Hamas’s political wing, who had come to pray on a daily basis at the flashpoint site known by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. Entrance to the Old City was immediately closed and is being investigated as a crime scene.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett ordered an increase of security forces and continued high alert throughout the city “out of concern for copycat attacks.”

Official Hamas media identified the assailant, Fadi Abu Shkhaydam, as “the leader of the Hamas movement” in the Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem.

Bar-Lev said that the shooter’s wife traveled overseas three days ago, and that at least some of his four children were also abroad. He said that the he gun used was likely smuggled.

He said that according to available footage, the assailant was wearing a long coat, which was either a galabiya, a traditional full-length gown worn throughout the Arab world, or an outfit meant to impersonate the ultra-Orthodox worshippers that regularly come to the holy site.

The Israeli man killed, Eliyahu David Kaye, 26, recently immigrated to Israel from South Africa and worked as a tour guide at the Western Wall.

Hamas said the operation was designed to be a warning to Israel, which it said would “pay for the inequities” at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, as well as in high-profile neighborhoods in East Jerusalem where Jewish settlers have for years been attempting to evict Palestinian residents.

On Friday, the same day that his wife was said to have left the country, a Facebook account that appeared to belong to the shooter re-shared a post from 2014 referring to the Quranic story of the Prophet Muhammad’s pilgrimage to al-Aqsa Mosque, near the location of Sunday’s shooting….

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