Terrorist ‘chosen by God’ to carry out Jerusalem attack
The sister of the Palestinian Fadi al-Qunbar, who killed four people and injured at least ten in Jerusalem at the weekend, said her brother was “religious” but did not belong to any terrorist organisations.
According to this report, Qunbar’s sister, said the attacker was married and a father to two girls and two boys.
When asked by a reporter for the Quds News Network what she thought of the attack, she responded;
God chose him for this martyrdom. Thank God. We are patient and we thank God for this… it is the most beautiful martyrdom.
However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in this report that the driver who plowed a truck into a group of soldiers may have been an ISIS sympathiser.
Two soldiers and a tour guide who is a colonel in the reserves shot and killed the attack suspect. Police have also arrested nine other suspects, including five of al-Qunbar’s family members.
Speaking from the scene of the attack, on a promenade overlooking the walled Old City of Jerusalem, Netanyahu said authorities have identified the terrorist and:
All signs show he is a supporter of the Islamic State. We know there is a sequence of terror attacks and it’s quite possible that there is a connection between them, from France, Berlin and now Jerusalem.
Israel will now consider using administrative detention against suspected ISIS sympathisers and supporters.
While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, Hamas, the militant fundamentalist Islamic organisation, praised the attacker.
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said:
Hamas blesses the heroic and courageous Jerusalem operation, which is a natural response to the crimes of the Israeli occupation and its violations at the expense of our people, land and holy sites. This operation is an affirmation that the resistance and the Jerusalem intifada are ongoing and that all attempts to kill, criminalise and terrorise at the expense of our people and resistance in Jerusalem will not break the will of the resistance.
Hamas’ goal is the creation of an Islamic fundamentalist Palestinian state and they insist that Israel is an occupying power and must be destroyed.