Last Sunday, a Palestinian terrorist plowed his truck through a crowd of Israeli soldiers in eastern Jerusalem, killing four and wounding at least 15 others. The soldiers were getting off a bus at the promenade, a popular tourist spot in Jerusalem, when a large flatbed truck ran into them. At least 16 more people were injured, two of them very seriously, according to Jerusalem hospitals.The four soldiers — three women and one man — were later named as Lieutenant Yael Yekutiel (20) of Givatayim, Cadet Shir Hajaj (22) of Maaleh Adumim, Cadet Shira Tzur (20) from Haifa, and Cadet Erez Orbach (20) from Alon Shvut.
A composite image of the four Israeli soldiers killed on January 8, 2017 in a terror attack in Jerusalem. From left, IDF Lieutenant Yael Yekutiel, IDF Cadet Shir Hajaj, IDF Cadet Shira Tzur, IDF Cadet Erez Orbach.
Similar attacks occurred in July in Nice, France, and last month in Berlin.
Berlin’s famed Brandenburg Gate was lit up with an Israeli flag on Monday in a show of solidarity with the victims of Sunday’s truck-ramming attack in Jerusalem, which left four IDF soldiers dead.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted a photo of the illuminated landmark with the caption, “Thanks, Germany, for standing with us in our common struggle against terrorism.” Israel’s ambassador to Germany, Avraham Nir-Feldklein, said in a Facebook post that he was “moved by the gesture of the Berlin Senate.”
An image of the Israeli flag was projected on Paris City Hall to show solidarity with the victims of a terrorist attack in Jerusalem.Mayor Anne Hidalgo announced the initiative Tuesday following expressions of solidarity in Berlin, where the Israeli flag was projected on the Brandenburg Gate, and Rotterdam, which flew the Israeli flag at half mast on its City Hall.
The seat of the municipality of Rotterdam, the Netherlands’ second-largest city, flew an Israeli flag at half-mast in solidarity with the Jewish state following a terrorist attack in Jerusalem. The decision to fly the Israeli flag in Rotterdam follows the projection of the Israeli flag on the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Monday. Rotterdam’s mayor, Ahmed Aboutaleb of the Labour Party, is a Morocco-born Muslim. But the gesture involving the Israeli flag was taken by Joost Eerdmans, the acting mayor and leader of the right-leaning and pro-Israel Livable Rotterdam party.