Three residents of the Western Galilee were charged yesterday with trying to carry out a shooting and stabbing at Shaar Shechem in Yerushalayim and a shul in Akko.
According to the indictment, three men went to Yerushalayim armed with knives, intending to carry out a stabbing attack at Shaar Shechem, harming soldiers or Jewish civilians.
Eventually, the planned attack didn’t materialize because they failed to obtain a firearm, and they were only armed with knives.
On the way back to their village, the three discussed the possibility of carrying out a shooting attack in Yerushalayim.
A few days later, they met at their village mosque, where they talked about the possibility of carrying out a shooting attack against soldiers in Yerushalayim.
Ultimately, a few weeks later, they decided to carry out a stabbing attack in the Akko shul in order to kill Jews, using the shul attack in Har Nof, Yerushalayim, as inspiration.
One of the terrorists toured Akko and located a shul near Rechov Ben Ami. He returned to his home in order to obtain a knife and planned to carry out the attack during Maariv, but when he got home, he decided not to carry out the stabbing attack, but a shooting attack,m using weapons to hit as many Jews as possible. He began saving money for the purchase of weapons.
This past March, one of the terrorists obtained a submachine gun with four bullets and more. On April 25, security forces found their hiding place, where they uncovered a submachine gun and cartridge.
But here’s what’s interesting:
The shul, Beit Knesset Ohr Torah, on Rechov Kaplan in Akko, hosts Rav Shimon Chazan of Lev L’Achim’s shiurim to teenaged “mitchazkim” and working men.
Undoubtedly, the merit of Torah is the true story behind the salvation of this Akko shul and those who come to daven and learn there.
Below are pictures taken yesterday of the learning continuing there.
David Steger – Matzav.com Israel