Above: Yael Yekutiel, 20, one of four young Israeli Jews (three aged 20, one aged 22) killed in Jerusalem yesterday by a truck attacker seemingly inspired by similar truck attacks in Berlin and Nice. At least one of the 15 young Israelis injured yesterday is still fighting for her life in a Jerusalem hospital.
The sister of Fadi Ahmad Al-Qunbar, the devout Muslim who carried out the truck-ramming attack in Jerusalem, praised her brother for what she called his “beautiful” act. Other Palestinian Islamists called it a “glorious deed”.
Using surprisingly strong language for an attack that killed Israelis, and perhaps roiled by worldwide criticism of their recent Obama-orchestrated anti-Israel resolution that sets back peace efforts, the UN Security Council in New York condemned the terror attack in Jerusalem as “unjustifiable”. “The members of the Security Council condemn in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in Jerusalem on Sunday… Those responsible for this reprehensible act of terrorism need to be held accountable,” a statement by the body released late last night said.
The four Israelis murdered yesterday are pictured above.
Above: A young Israeli Arab, Lian Zaher Nasser (aged 19), killed in the gun attack on an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Eve as she was enjoying her first holiday abroad with other Israeli Arab friends.
Her family expressed outrage after some Muslim clerics in northern Israel said she deserved to die for attending a club with alcohol on a Christian holiday, and posters were put up near where she lived comparing the Istanbul nightclub to a brothel.
Her relatives said Lian was murdered twice: once by an Islamic State terrorist and a second time by sympathizers of the movement within the Arab-Israeli community.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin comforts the mother of Lian Zaher Nasser, and other relatives at the Nasser family home after the funeral.
Lian’s Arab-Israeli friend Ruwa Mansour (above) who was shot in the leg and hand during the Istanbul attack, is a volunteer medic for Magen David Adom (the Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross) and despite her injuries she found the strength to treat others injured at the scene of the attack while they waited for Turkish medical crews to arrive. She is expected to receive a special honor for her bravery from Israel.
Hamas, a group praised by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, British Labour Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, British peer Baroness Jenny Tonge and others, hands out sweets to motorists in Gaza after the attack yesterday in celebration of the murder of Israelis.
-- Tom Gross
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