8 Jews Shot in a Terror Attack at the Western Wall

The western wall plaza in Jerusalem
The Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem (October 2017)

Terror attack near the Western Wall Saturday night

A terror attack happened near the Old City of Jerusalem on Saturday night when a terrorist opened fire in the direction of a bus stop, injuring eight people, two of whom are now in serious condition. Four members of a family from New York’s Hasidic community were among the wounded. This family, the Glicks, arrived in Israel on Wednesday and were on their way back from King David’s Tomb Saturday night when a terrorist opened fire at the bus stop at which they were waiting. The father was hit in the neck and was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery. His wife is in moderate condition along with his son and daughter.

Also among the wounded was a pregnant woman who was shot in the stomach and is now in serious condition. She underwent surgery at Shaare Zedek Medical Center during which the baby was delivered in an emergency C-section. The baby was reported to be in serious condition but is now stable. Continue to pray for the recovery of these innocent terror victims.

The perpetrator of the attack has been captured

After a six hour manhunt, the terrorist turned himself into the police Sunday morning. It’s unclear whether the terrorist, who has a criminal background, was affiliated with any terrorist group. Several Palestinian groups, however, including Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, welcomed the shooting attack and described it as a “heroic operation.” The groups also called on the Palestinians to carry out more attacks against Israel.

Official statements regarding the attack

A U.S. Embassy Jerusalem spokesperson responded to the shooting attack and confirmed that U.S. citizens were among the victims.

"We are shocked and saddened by the terrorist attack on August 14 outside the Old City of Jerusalem. We strongly condemn all acts of terrorism and actions that exacerbate tensions. Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the victims and we wish all of them a quick and full recovery.” 

Prime Minister Yair Lapid made a statement after the shooting attack in Jerusalem, he said:

"Eight people were wounded in last night's shooting attack in Jerusalem, two of them seriously. The security forces were at the scene within minutes and were engaged in pursuit all night, in cooperation with significant ISA, Israel National Counter-Terrorism Unit and police forces. There is one conclusion from this incident, as from previous incidents: whoever harms Israeli citizens has nowhere to hide. We will pursue them, find them wherever they are, and deal with them to the fullest extent of the law."

Justin Hilton

Justin Hilton is from Virginia Beach, VA and has lived almost full time in Israel since 2016. He works for HaYovel and The Israel Guys as Studio Producer and Content Manager. He is also an article author, photographer and customer support representative. Once a week, he hosts a show on The Israel Guys network.

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