B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith decries the serial terror attacks currently plaguing Israel as three more Jewish Israelis are dead and more than 20 are injured following a violent morning of gun and knife attacks across the country.
Three Israelis were killed in two different attacks in eastern and central Jerusalem. In eastern Jerusalem two Palestinian men attempted to overtake a bus, shooting and stabbing passengers, ultimately killing two people and injuring 10. One attacker was killed and the other wounded. In central Jerusalem, a man drove a car into a bus stop, killing one person and then leaving the vehicle to stab others. He was shot and wounded by an Israeli security guard. Elsewhere in Jerusalem, a 13-year-old boy was stabbed a dozen times, a policeman was stabbed and a soldier was attacked on a bus. In Raanana, four people were stabbed in two separate attacks.
The lack of outcry against this wave of terror is disturbing, although unfortunately not surprising. If a rash of terror broke out in any other democratic nation, most of the international community would be appalled.
These attacks are all the more alarming considering the silence from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the vocal support from Hamas for the attacks to continue. Only two weeks ago Abbas spoke in front of the U.N. General Assembly, whitewashing the attacks on Jews at the Temple Mount and claiming that Palestinians are “working to spread the culture of peace.”
The lack of condemnation demonstrates Abbas’ statements were farcical and intended for an international community that continues to keep its head in the sand. Given his abject failure of to speak out and condemn this wave of violence, B’nai B’rith questions his interest or sincerity in ultimately achieving peace with Israel.