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Jewish Journal included our condemnation of the terror attack that took place on May 5—Israel’s Independence Day–in Elad, Israel that resulted in three deaths in its article on Jewish groups’ reactions to the attack.

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Jewish groups issued condemnations of the latest terror attack in Israel as well as their condolences to the victims and their families.

The attack took place in the Haredi-dominated city of Elad on May 5, Israel’s Independence Day. It reportedly involved two Palestinian terrorists armed with an axe and a knife killing three people and injuring at least four others. The terrorists have been identified as As’ad Yousef As’ad al-Rifa’i, 19, and Subhi Emad Subhi Abu Shqeir, 20. Both are from the Palestinian village Rumana––just northwest of Jenin in the West Bank––and reportedly entered Israel illegally through a gap in the West Bank security barrier. Residents were ordered to shelter in place until the two terrorists are caught.

The victims have been identified as Boaz Gol, who was in his 40s, Oren Ben Yiftah, 37, and Yonatan Havakuk, 40. The three men left behind 16 children. Havakuk’s widow wrote in a Facebook post that he had fought the terrorists so others could escape.


B’nai B’rith International tweeted, “As #Israel celebrates its Independence Day, and following the day of remembrance of fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism, we are heartbroken by yet another deadly attack that killed 3 in Elad – in a suspected terror attack.”