Shocking: Yesterday a Worker, Today a Terrorist
In a heinous twist to the horrific attack on Malchei Yisrael Street in Geulah in which a terrorist drove a car into a bus stop, killing Reb Yeshayahu Krishevsky, Hy”d, and leaving another man seriously wounded, the terrorist was identified as Alaa Abu Jamal, a resident of eastern Yerushalayim with Israeli citizenship and a cousin of the attackers in last year’s Har Nof shul massacre.
Abu Jamal was an employee of Israeli phone company Bezeq and used a company car to commit the attack.
A statement issued by Bezeq after the incident said: “We just learned that a Bezeq employee was responsible for the terror attack in Jerusalem this morning on Malchei Yisrael Street. At this point we do not have all of the details, but it is clear this is a serious incident.
“Bezeq, and all of its employees, scorn this heinous crime. Our hearts are with the victims and their families.”
It was later revealed that Abu Jamal, who, according to Bezeq’s claims had no terror background, spoke to the Israeli media last year after the attack his cousins carried out in the Bnei Torah shul in Har Nof, killing four mispallelim, Hy”d, and a Druze police officer.
He was interviewed as a family member of the attackers, trying to explain their motive. He said that family members were all “proud” of the attackers. “They are both shahidim and courageous men,” he said.
“We have many young people who are willing to do the same. We will give the Jewish nation a hard time in every place.
“This was the effect of the ongoing Zionist regime occupation and their oppression of the Palestinian nation,” said Abu Jamal. “And this is the response expected by anyone who feels a connection to Islam and to his nation.”
When asked how the family received the news of the attack, Abu Jamal said, “We were thrilled; one of the mothers of the shahidim gave out candies.”
“We weren’t expecting them to be willing to become shahidim, but once they’ve done it, we are certainly delighted with them.
“To die as a shahid is a great thing!”
How he kept his job in Bezeq for the next year defies understanding…