In Tel Aviv and the West Bank on Thursday, five people were killed in two stabbing and shooting attacks carried out by Palestinians, Israeli authorities said. According to the New York Times, three Israelis, an 18-year-old American yeshiva student, and a Palestinian were killed.
Two people were killed in Tel Aviv: Aharon Yesayev, 32, and Reuven Aviram, 51, both Israeli. Three were killed in the West Bank: an Israeli, Yaakov Don, 51; the American, Ezra Schwartz, on a gap year between high school and college; and a Palestinian, Shadi Arafa, 24.
In the first attack, a Palestinian from the West Bank stabbed Israelis at the entrance of a store that served as an informal synagogue in Tel Aviv, killing two Israeli men and wounding a third. Witnesses said the attacker had then tried to force his way into the prayer room, but worshipers blocked the door.
Soon after, in the Etzion settlement bloc in the West Bank, a Palestinian man opened fire with a submachine gun from a car as he passed vehicles stopped in traffic. He then crashed his car into another vehicle, according to witnesses and police reports. Three people were killed and several others were injured.
“Behind these terrorist attacks stands radical Islam, which seeks to destroy us, the same radical Islam that struck in Paris and threatens Europe,” the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, wrote on Facebook.
“Whoever condemned the attacks in France must condemn the attacks in Israel. It’s the same terrorism. Anyone who does not do so is acting hypocritically and blindly.”
Police identified the Tel Aviv assailant, who was taken into custody, as the father of five, from the village of Dura, in the southern West Bank. He was reportedly in Israel on a work permit.