One dead, more than dozen injured in Jerusalem car attack

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — One person is dead and more than one dozen people injured after a car drove into a light rail station and onto the sidewalk in Jerusalem in what is being called a possible terror attack.

Two of the injured in the Wednesday noon attack are in critical condition. The injured were taken to Jerusalem hospitals.

Anat Cohen at The Sheldon

The driver, identified as a Hamas activist from Shuafat   in eastern Jerusalem, left his car carrying a metal bar and began attacking police, who shot and killed him.

The driver steered his car into a crowd of people waiting at a bus stop and then crashed into a light rail station, both on the border between western and eastern Jerusalem.

In a news conference at the scene less about an hour after the midday attack, Israel’s Minister of Internal Security Yitzhak Aharonovich said he recommended to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to destroy the house of the attacker.

It is the second attack of its kind in two weeks. On Oct. 22, a Palestinian driver plowed into a crowd of people at a light rail station on Ammunition in northern Jerusalem, killing a 3-month old dual American-Israeli citizen and a tourist from Ecuador.

“It is a difficult day for Jerusalem. The situation is not easy,” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said at the scene.

A Hamas spokesman reportedly praised attack , callingit was an act of revenge “for al-Aksa and for the blood of those who guard Al-Aksa.”

The Al-Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount has been the scene of rioting and unrest in recent weeks, including on Wednesday.