RAMALLAH, West Bank — An attack on a synagogue in western Jerusalem on Nov. 18 left four Israelis dead, as well as the two Palestinian perpetrators. This attack came a day after the death of a Palestinian bus driver in East Jerusalem. According to Quds News, Israeli settlers strangled the driver, while Israeli media described the death as a suicide. Several Palestinian factions, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, gave their blessing to the synagogue attack, which considered it a normal reaction to Israeli violations of holy sites and aggression of Jerusalemites.
During a meeting of the Fatah Revolutionary Council on Nov. 18, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the synagogue attack and the targeting of all houses of worship including Christian and Muslim holy sites.