Synagogue Attack a 'Crime,' Says Bahraini Foreign Minister

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Emergency personnel evacuate a body at the scene of the Jerusalem synagogue terror attack, Tues, Nov. 18, 2014. Credit: Reuters

Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa published an unusually critical statement about Tuesday's synagogue attack in Jerusalem, describing it as a "crime" and condemning those in the Arab world who welcomed it.

"Those who will pay the price for the crime of killing innocents in a Jewish synagogue and for welcoming the crime are the Palestinian people," the Bahraini foreign minister wrote on Twitter.

Archival image of the Bahreini foreign minister, second from right, with the Obamas and his wife.Credit: WIkimedia commons

He added that the attack will only add to the collective punishment and aggression against the Palestinians.

"It is forbidden to react to the crimes of the Israeli occupation against our brothers in  Palestine by killing innocents in a house of prayer," he wrote.

Four Israelis were killed and several others wounded in the terror attack on Tuesday morning in a synagogue in the western Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof. Two assailants were killed at the scene by police. Eight people were wounded in the assault, including four seriously, two moderately and two lightly.

Meanwhile, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlüt avuşoğlu said that Turkey condemns attacks on all holy places irrespective of where such attacks come from.

But avuşoğlu, who was speaking at a press conference in Ankara with his Finnish counterpart, Erkki Tuomioja, said Turkey also condemned a recent Israeli raid on the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Islam's third-holiest site.

“But there is no excuse for the attack on the synagogue,” he said. “Unfortunately, we are in a vicious cycle.”

Speaking at the same press conference, Tuomioja also condemned violence and called for renewed efforts aimed at resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, adding that a lack of prospects for a solution triggers such violence.

Earlier Tuesday, condemnations came from other world leaders, too. U.S. President Barack Obama condemned the "horrific attack."

"The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the victims and families of all those who were killed and injured in this horrific attack and in other recent violence," Obama said in a statement.

"I strongly condemn today’s terrorist attack on worshipers at a synagogue in Jerusalem, which killed four innocent people, including U.S. citizens Aryeh Kupinsky, Cary William Levine, and Mosheh Twersky, and injured several more." 

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