Reports are conflicting but, true to glorious mujahid form, they went after the “hard” targets, opening fire in either the dining hall or the library. Around 35 are wounded as I write this but some of those are bound to become fatalities. Were there celebrations afterwards? Who are we talking about here?
Yitzhak Dadon, a student, said he was armed with a rifle and waited on the roof of a nearby building. “He came out of the library spraying automatic fire … the terrorist came to the entrance and I shot him twice in the head,” he said.
In Gaza, the militant Hamas stopped just short of claiming responsibility. “We bless the (Jerusalem) operation. It will not be the last,” Hamas said in a statement.
In Gaza City, residents went out into the streets and fired rifles in celebration in the air after hearing news of the attack on the seminary.
CNN heard the celebrations, too. One gunman may still be on the loose; while we wait for resolution, consider two points from Omri Ceren. One: Given that terror attacks typically take weeks or even months to plan, how is this “retaliation” for Israel’s incursion into Gaza? And two: How exactly is Fatah a “neutral” party in the Israel/Hamas standoff when the jihadis here probably infiltrated the yeshiva from the West Bank?
Update: More from Ceren. Maybe an idle boast. Exercise caution.
A Palestinian source told Ynet that the Imad Mugniyah cells of the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, Fatah’s military wing, carried out the terror attack in Jerusalem that left eight dead along with another Palestinian organization whose named he refused to make public. According to the source, the attack was carried out as a response to “the Israeli crimes in the (Gaza) Strip and the killing of (Hizbullah arch terrorist Imad) Mugniyah.” However, other Palestinian sources said that the claim of responsibility was not credible. (Ali Waked)
Update: They weren’t there to wound.
Update: Israel Matzav has BBC video.
Update: Debbie Schlussel’s sources say the group came from Gaza but was allied with Hezbollah (no stretch given the Mughniyeh name). Ceren is skeptical, but notes that evidence points to Israeli Arabs as the culprits. Hezbollah’s been trying to recruit them for years.