Incident Summary:

11/18/2014: Assailants attacked the Kehillat Bnei Torah Synagogue with firearms and meat cleavers in Har Nof neighborhood, Jerusalem city, Jerusalem district, Israel. At least seven people, including three United States-Israeli rabbis, one British-Israeli rabbi, one Israel Police officer, and two assailants, were killed and seven other people, including a citizen of the United States (US) were injured in the assault. The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, a sub-group of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
Incident occurred in the Har Nof neighbourhood of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Kehillat Bnei Torah
Specific Description Synagogue
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Firearms, axes and meat cleavers were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 7 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 3
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 7
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Up to five dead in suspected Palestinian attack on Jerusalem synagogue," Reuters, November 18, 2014.
"Victim of 2014 Jerusalem synagogue attack dies of wounds," Times of India, October 25, 2015.
"Toronto-born rabbi dies in Israel after spending a year in a coma," CTV News, October 25, 2015.