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B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:

In the second attack in less than two weeks, a Hamas member drove a car at pedestrians at a light-rail station in northern Jerusalem, killing one and wounding 13 others.

Taking place at midday Israeli-time, police reported Ibrahim al-Akari drove his car off the road and onto a light rail platform, striking waiting passengers, killing one person and sending several others to the hospital in critical condition. Al-Akari then abandoned his car up and took off on foot, attacking people on the street with a metal rod before he was fatally shot by police.

Al-Akari was recently released from an Israeli prison for security offenses.

Hamas praised the attack and encouraged further acts against Israelis.

Following the first car attack, there was minimal outcry from the international community—an alarming lack of reaction considering there is an increasing focus on terrorist organizations, particularly in the Middle East.

Once again this violent incident points to the constant threats faced by Israel and Israelis from terrorist organizations and their followers.