Palestinians Celebrate, Israelis Mourn


While the nation of Israel mourned those who were killed in Wednesday’s attack in Tel Aviv, Palestinians in the West Bank and east Jerusalem celebrated by singing aloud and cheering the gunmen. Still others distributed candy and marched in the streets. Palestinians on social media made reference to the Muslim month of fasting, with what has become a popular hashtag: #We broke the fast by killing them.

The Saudi media, on the other hand, strongly denounced the attack while still voicing solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Israeli authorities responded to the attack by suspending 83,000 special Ramadan travel permits given to Palestinians, and froze work permits for 204 of the attackers’ relatives. The Israeli military has sent two battalions to the West Bank and plans to demolish the family home of one of the attackers, which is a normal practice following such an incident. The U.S. State Department and human rights groups are criticizing these actions as being harsh and punishing the wrong people.

Why this Matters: This terror attack comes on the heels of a Mideast peace conference in France that neither Israeli nor Palestinian leaders attended. French President Hollande had hoped to redraw Israel’s borders giving away Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem. Even so, the Palestinians have said they will not be satisfied until they have claimed all of Israel for themselves.

How to Pray: Pray for the fulfilling of prophecy in Israel and for the peace of Jerusalem, and that the Lord Jesus brings quick healing to those who were injured, and comfort those who mourn the four Israelis who died:

  • Ido Ben-Ari, 42, married father of two (his wife was injured during the attack)
  • Mila Mishayev, 32, engaged
  • Ilana Naveh, 39, mother of four
  • Michael Feige, 58, university professor

Psalm 130:7 – Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.



  1. I agree with you in praying for the peace of Jerusalem. They go through so much! Blessings to you also. Lord Jesus come soon!


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