On Friday, January 27th, a gunman opened fire on a crowd in the streets of Jerusalem, killing multiple people and injuring many others. The attack took place in the busy Mahane Yehuda market, a popular tourist destination in the city.
Itamar Ben Gvir, Israel’s controversial Minister of National Security, attended the scene of the attack on Friday evening, warning enraged protesters, “This cannot continue.”
“I can confirm that [the chanting individuals] are correct. The burden rests with us. Ben Gvir, the leader of the far-right Jewish Power party, stated that the current situation is untenable.
Some others at the scene chanted in favour of Ben Gvir, “You are our voice, we support you.”
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre issued a statement condemning Friday’s “heinous terrorist attack” at a synagogue in Jerusalem and reiterating the United States’ “unwavering support” for Israel.
The US State Department likewise denounced “in the harshest terms” the “apparent terrorist act” in Jerusalem.
The Deputy Spokesperson for the Department of State, Vedant Patel, stated, “This is simply horrible.” Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with the victims of this horrible act of violence.
Patel stated that Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s scheduled travel to Egypt, Israel, and the West Bank will not be altered.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters at the headquarters of Israel’s national police that he had conducted a security assessment and decided on “urgent actions.” He stated that he would convene his Security Cabinet on Saturday evening, following the conclusion of the Sabbath, to deliberate future action.
Motive for the Attack
The motive for the attack is currently unclear, with Israeli police stating that they are investigating all possibilities. The gunman, who was shot and killed by police at the scene, has not been identified. Some sources suggest that the attack may have been politically motivated, while others suggest that it may have been a terrorist attack.
Impact on the Community
The attack has had a devastating impact on the community in Jerusalem. The Mahane Yehuda market, which is known for its vibrant atmosphere and bustling street vendors, has been closed in the wake of the attack. Local residents and business owners are in shock, with many expressing their grief and condolences to the families of the victims.
The international community has condemned the attack, with leaders from around the world expressing their condolences and support for the people of Jerusalem. The United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union have all issued statements condemning the attack and expressing their support for Israel in its efforts to combat terrorism.
According to Israeli authorities, the shootings took place in Neve Yaakov, a settlement with a substantial ultra-Orthodox population, and the shooter left in a car. According to the police, they pursued him and killed him following an exchange of gunfire.
In addition to the shooter, Jerusalem police commander Doron Turjeman confirmed seven fatalities and three injuries.