New York, NY, October 23, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to condemn a terror attack in Jerusalem in which a driver crashed a car into at a light rail station filled with disembarking passengers on October 22.
A three month-old baby was killed and eight others were wounded. The perpetrator, who has been arrested, was identified as Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi from Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood.
“President Abbas must condemn this attack and make clear that Fatah and the Palestinian Authority wholeheartedly oppose such acts of terror,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “By unequivocally denouncing this incident – and all horrific incidents of the like – President Abbas has the opportunity to show the world he is a serious partner for peace. It speaks volumes that he has yet to take the opportunity to denounce this despicable act.”
Mr. Foxman added, “We extend our sincere condolences to the family of three-month old Chaya Zissel Braun and express our strong support to the people of Jerusalem following this brutal terrorist attack.”
The terror group Hamas issued statements praising the attacker and urged more such actions. Since the incident, the official Facebook page of Fatah has featured a posting from “The Silwan branch of Fatah” stating it “honors the heroic martyr Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi, who executed the Jerusalem operation which led to the running over of settlers in the occupied city of Jerusalem.”
The incident also comes on the heels of the an attack in August in which a man from East Jerusalem drove a tractor into a bus in central Jerusalem, as well as numerous ongoing attacks of vandalism against the Jerusalem light rail.