UN Condemns 'Despicable' Jerusalem Synagogue Attack

Wednesday's statement also urged all sides to work immediately to restore calm as tensions rise between Israelis and Palestinians.

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews peer through the bullet holes in the main window of a synagogue in Jerusalem which was attacked the previous day by two Palestinians armed with a gun and meat cleavers.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews peer through the bullet holes in the main window of a synagogue in Jerusalem which was attacked the previous day by two Palestinians armed with a gun and meat cleavers. Credit: AFP

The UN Security Council is condemning in the strongest terms the "despicable" terrorist attack at a Jerusalem synagogue that killed four worshipers and a police officer Tuesday.

Wednesday's statement also urged all sides to work immediately to restore calm as tensions rise between Israelis and Palestinians.

Palestinian attackers on Tuesday burst into the crowded synagogue during morning prayers with meat cleavers and gunfire. It was the deadliest attack in Jerusalem since 2008.

Palestinians are angry over continued Israeli settlement building and a belief, despite official denials, that Israel is scheming to take over their most revered site.

The council statement condemns all acts of violence and notes that the tensions have affected both the Israeli and Palestinian people.

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