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  1. Two Palestinians attack a synagogue in West Jerusalem, killing four before being shot dead
  2. The military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine says it carried out the attack
  3. Three of the victims who died were dual Israeli-US citizens, the fourth held Israeli-UK citizenship
  4. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu blames "incitement" by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas
  5. Mr Abbas condemns the attack and "the killing of civilians"
  6. Jerusalem has seen rising tensions over a disputed holy site and Israeli plans for settler homes

Live Reporting

By Sarah Fowler, Mirren Gidda, Sherie Ryder, Camila Ruz, Aidan Lewis, Helier Cheung and Helen Dafedjaiye

All times stated are UK

That brings to an end our live updates on the deadliest attack in Jerusalem in recent years. Israel is still reeling after four men were killed by two Palestinian assailants at a synagogue in West Jerusalem's Har Nof neighbourhood. Though they have been buried and people are returning to the synagogue, things are far from normal. Tensions continue to simmer in Jerusalem, and they may soon boil over again. For further updates,

follow our news story.

Jeremy Bowen

BBC Middle East editor

Many Palestinians believe Israel is preparing to allow Jews to pray in the compound of the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest site for Muslims after Mecca and Medina. The Israeli government has denied that emphatically. But Palestinians listen to calls from hard right-wing Jewish nationalists and believe it might happen.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called for Palestinians to defend al-Aqsa. For Palestinians that sounds reasonable. The Israeli government has condemned it as incitement to terrorism. Both Palestinians and Israelis are now talking about a third Palestinian uprising - or intifada. It's too early to say one has started. But in the absence of political action to stop the violence escalating, another intifada is a distinct possibility.

al-Aqsa mosque

UN statement

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has issued a statement condemning the Jerusalem attack and urging leaders to address the situation there. He added that "clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli security forces continue on a near daily basis in many parts of East Jerusalem and the West Bank." Mr Ban said he condemns "all acts of violence against civilians".

Get in touch


Talie in Har Nof neighbourhood emails: It is very upsetting and scary. I had a number of phone calls in a few minutes from people asking if I was okay and telling me what had happened. Then I heard ambulances and helicopters. I worked with Rabbi Goldberg's daughter, and I knew his wife so I went to the funeral this afternoon. The community is devastated. The atmosphere is very tense. I want to live in peace but who can we trust?

Earlier on Tuesday stone-throwing Palestinian youths took to the streets of Nablus in the West Bank after the synagogue attack.

Palestinian youths throw stones towards Israeli forces on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Nablus, on 18 November 2014.
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Quentin Sommerville

BBC Middle East correspondent

As horrifying as this incident was, I do not think many people in this city were incredibly surprised by it. More than anything there is a sense of hopelessness here after the failure of peace talks, with no road map or talks. We are hearing a lot of fighting talk, but not a lot of peace talk by either the Israeli or Palestinian leaders to try to de-escalate the tensions.

Tal Shalev, i24 news, diplomatic correspondent


tweets: Netanyahu to world leaders: I want to see you shocked. I want to hear clear denouncements

Embassy of Israel


tweets: .@IsraeliPM Netanyahu press conference: We are in the middle of a terror wave focused on Jerusalem. #Israel

In a press conference, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised "he will deal harshly with this" in reference to Tuesday's attacks. He said he would strengthen security in the streets and had demolished the homes of the attackers.

Jon Williams, ABC, foreign editor


tweets: Netanyahu: What is most shocking is not just massacre, but cries of joy in Gaza & Bethlehem.

Tal Shalev, i24 news, diplomatic correspondent


tweets: Netanyahu: the beasts that committed this crime came loaded with hatred. Hamas, the PA and the islamic Jihad are spreading lies about Israel

What caused the attack?

What led to the deadly attack in Har Nof? It follows months of unrest and apparent revenge killings, as

our video explains.

Rabbi Yehoshua Looks says in an opinion piece published in

Haaretz: "Despite the chaos that sometimes surrounds us, we [immigrants to Israel] have never thought of leaving". The Israeli-American dual national added: "How can one leave one's home?"

"Axes, knives and guns pierce the heart of a once peaceful community", the

Jerusalem Post reports on the moment the attackers stormed the synagogue.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to deliver a televised statement about the attack in the next couple of minutes.

Peter Lerner, IDF spokesperson


tweets: 12 hours after the ruthless attack in #Jerusalem synagogue 5 people are still hospitalized.

The deeply religious overtones of the attack have shocked many. Graphic photos from the synagogue show religious books, straps and prayer shawls covered in blood.

Bloodied prayer book
Israeli police

A map showing the location of the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue in the Har Nof district of West Jerusalem.


'Security in tatters'

Residents of the Har Nof neighbourhood fear for their personal safety in the wake of the synagogue attack, AP reports. The agency quotes one man injured in the attack who said that his sense of security had been left in tatters.

"Everyone needs to carry a gun.... Personally I think I will need to carry a weapon," Yitzhak Heshing said.

The synagogue where the attack took place has reopened for prayers, Israel's

Ynet website reports.

'Love of life'

Michelle Hirschfield, the cousin of Avraham Goldberg, has told the BBC that her relative was murdered simply because he was Jewish. She added: "I remember his big smile, I remember his love of life, his concern for people, for his own family, greater family, and for the world at large. And it's a very sad loss."

Congressman Richard Hudson, North Carolina


tweets: I am outraged by the disgraceful act of terror at a Jerusalem synagogue. I will continue to #StandWIthIsrael in its fight against terrorism.

Side by side

The funerals of Aryeh Kupinsky and Cary William Levine, both Israeli-American, and British-Israeli Avraham Goldberg have also been attended by thousands. Their three coffins were displayed next to each other.

Jerusalem funerals

Mass Palestinian procession

A mass procession is setting off from the centre of Ramallah "in solidarity with Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem", Hamas-run Al-Quds TV reports - via

BBC Monitoring.

Pat Toomey, US senator for Pennsylvania


tweets: The attack today on Jews praying at a synagogue in Jerusalem is horrific. My prayers are with the victims of this senseless violence.

Palestinian news agencies are reporting that the Israeli army has entered the city of Ramallah in the West Bank. There are also unconfirmed reports that at least one person has been arrested.

Jon Williams, ABC, foreign editor


tweets: All those killed in synagogue all lived on same street in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood. Leave 4 widows, 24 children between them #Israel

The attack occurred in the ultra-Orthodox Har Nof neighbourhood that has a large population of English-speaking immigrants. Thousands reportedly turned out for the funeral of Rabbi Moshe Twersky on Tuesday.

An Ultra-Orthodox man walks on the roof of a building to get a better view of the funeral of Rabbi Moshe Tabersky in Jerusalem on 18 November 2014.

No sanctuary

Israel's permanent representative to the UN, Ron Prosor, told CNN that in less than a month, Israel has suffered six terror attacks. He added: "Israelis can't even find sanctuary in the sanctuary of a synagogue."

Ron Prosor
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Get in touch


Amos Shapir in Kiryat Ono,Israel emails: This conflict is unique in that each side perceives the other as temporary; each side expects the other to simply disappear. There is no will to strive towards a peaceful solution, since the other side will be gone soon anyway! This is not just wishful thinking, it is a working assumption and a plan of action, to which all national resources of finances, effort and human lives are dedicated.

Reports are coming in that a Palestinian worker in West Jerusalem has been stabbed in the leg by three Israelis and taken to hospital.

'Rein in extremists'

Russia has urged both Israeli and Palestinian leaders to "rein in extremists whose actions threaten to explode the situation entirely", its foreign ministry says - via AFP.

Israeli security forces fired tear gas after clashing with Palestinians near the West Bank city of Ramallah in the wake of the Jerusalem attack.

A Palestinian uses a slingshot to throws back a tear gas canister that was fired by Israeli troops during clashes with Israeli soldiers, outside the Ofer military prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on 18 November

Get in touch


Tom from Israel emails: I am a 17-year-old student. Peace is needed immediately. I think if we need to give the Palestinians land, we should! I am speaking for a lot of people here. We are getting hurt - both Jews and Palestinians, and it should stop!

Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama says he strongly condemns Tuesday's attacks in a White House statement. He added: "There is and can be no justification for such attacks against innocent civilians," though he urged both sides to reject violence "at this sensitive moment in Jerusalem".

Netanyahu statement

Israeli-based media outlet Ynetnews says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will make a statement on Tuesday evening at 19:30 local time (17:30 GMT)

Michelle Hirschfield, the cousin of British-Israeli Rabbi Abraham Goldberg, said he might have known his killers, the Press Association reports.

Avraham Goldberg

The funeral of Rabbi Moshe Twersky was held just hours after Tuesday's attack.

Ultra Orthodox Jewish men carry the covered body of Rabbi Moshe Twersky during his funeral on 18 November 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel.
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'Deadly precedent'

Tuesday's attack has set a deadly precedent as it represents a new type of perpetrator, namely East Jerusalem residents who know their targets well,

Anshel Pfeffer writes for Haaretz. "Incredible as it may sound, Tuesday morning's terror attack... was the first of its kind in living memory on a local synagogue," Mr Pfeffer adds.