Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London Rabbi Feared to Be among Four Slaughtered in Terror Attack on Synagogue

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London Rabbi Feared to Be among Four Slaughtered in Terror Attack on Synagogue

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Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor

A BRITISH-born grandfather was thought to be among four worshippers slaughtered at prayer today in a terrorist attack on a Jerusalaem synagogue.

Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, 68, was feared murdered when two Palestinians burst in, armed with guns knives and a meat cleaver.

Mr Goldberg lived in London's Golders Green before emigrating to Israel. Born in Liverpool, he worked in publishing. "He was the most wonderful person you could meet, a pillar of the community," close friend David Osborne told Jewish News.

In one of the most shocking attacks in the ancient city for years, the terrorists stormed Har Nov synagogue on a killing spree, leaving four dead and eight injured.

Horrific images of a corpse on the floor of the synagogue and a bloodied meat cleaver left Israelis in shock. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Israel would "respond harshly". One worshipper, called Yossi, said: "I tried to escape. The man with the knife approached me. There was a chair and table between us ... my prayer shawl got caught. I left it there and escaped." Witness Yosef Posternak said: "I saw people lying on the floor, blood everywhere. People were trying to fight with (the attackers) but they didn't have much of a chance."

The killers, identified by police as two cousins from East Jerusalem, were shot dead at the scene. The attack came amid an upsurge in violence in the city, which has been suffering tensions over a contested holy site.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are aware of the death of a dual British-Israeli national in Israel." The spokesman could not confirm the name of the victim.

Mr Netanyahu said the attack was "cruel murder of Jews who came to pray and were killed by despicable murderers".

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the atrocity -- the first time he has done so since a recent spike in violence against Israelis.

Hamas, the militant Palestinian group that runs the Gaza Strip, praised their action. The BBC reported that the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, claimed responsibility. …

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