After the violent incidents at the Temple Mount and the terror attacks that claimed the lives of five Israelis in the span of a week, Pope Francis called on others to pray for Jerusalem with him. He said that he is “following with dread the tensions and violence in Jerusalem.”
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On Sunday, Pope Francis called for dialogue and moderation in Jerusalem following the violent clashes and the terror attacks against Israelis in the city and Halamish. He said that he is “following with dread the tensions and violence in Jerusalem” and that he feels the need to call on others to pray with him “so that people will reach reconciliation and peace.”
Friday night’s deadly terror attack in Halamish claimed the lives of three family members: Yosef Salomon, 70, and his children Chaya Salomon, 46, and Elad Salomon, 36. Elad’s wife ran with their children into a room and locked the door, saving them from the horrific attack. Yosef’s wife was slightly injured. The three victims will be laid to rest this evening at 5:30 PM.
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A week and a half ago, two Israeli police officers were murdered by three Israeli Arab terrorists at the Lions’ Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. After shooting the officers, the terrorists ran into the Temple Mount compound, where they were eliminated by security forces.
Halamish: I have no words to describe my sorrow for the victims or disgust for the terrorist act that killed a family at their Shabbat table
— Ambassador Friedman (@USAmbIsrael) July 22, 2017
After it was discovered that the terrorists managed to smuggle the weapons into the holy site prior to the attack, Israel decided to place metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount. However, this move sparked widespread outrage among Muslims in the Old City and the West Bank. Thousands of Muslims flocked to the city over the past week in order to protest against the metal detectors, holding prayers outside of the Temple Mount and clashing with police forces.