Palestinians say synagogue attack was retaliation for Israel’s massacre in Jenin
Palestinian resistance groups have hailed the retaliatory operation near a synagogue in an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem), describing it as a ‘direct response’ to the deadliest Israeli military raid in the occupied West Bank in years.
Hamas said in a statement that Friday’s attack was “a natural response to the Jenin massacre, the desecration of the blessed al-Aqsa Mosque compound, and escalating Israeli crimes and aggression against our nation. It conveys the message to the occupying regime that Palestinians’ willpower cannot be undermined, their determination is steely, and their resistance is intensifying despite all the pains and sacrifices they are going through.”
“Our people will continue to strike the enemy's sites, barracks, and settlements. Resistance will remain the viable option of our people until full liberation of our land, sacred sites and restoration of all our legitimate rights. The qualitative operation took place at the illegal settlement of Nabi Yacov built on lands belonging to the Palestinian village of Beit Hanina,” the statement added.
The Islamic Jihad resistance movement also praised the East al-Quds operation, saying in a statement that it “came at the right time and place to avenge the blood of martyrs in the Jenin camp and the West Bank. It was a natural and legitimate response to the crimes of the occupying regime, and violation of our sanctities.”
A Palestinian man killed at least seven people and wounded 10 others at a synagogue on the outskirts of al-Quds on Friday, a day after a deadly Israeli raid in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. Nine Palestinians were killed, including an elderly woman.
In the Jenin raid, which Palestinians have described as a “massacre”, at least 20 others were wounded with live ammunition. Four of them were in critical condition.