Jordanian parliament members held a moment of silence and read Koran verses aloud Wednesday in memory of the two Palestinian terrorists who murdered five Israelis in an attack at a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday morning.
“Regarding the martyrs who bombed and murdered Zionists, I’m asking the respected parliament to stand up and to read the al-Fatiha [verse from the first chapter of the Quran] to glorify their pure souls and the souls of all the martyrs in the Arab and Muslim nations,” an unnamed MP said, according to a Channel 10 translation of the remarks at the parliament session.
The Jordanian government, however, issued a statement in which it condemned the attack, adding that all acts of violence against civilians in Jerusalem must be denounced, according to Israel Radio.
Just last week, Jordan was the host of a trilateral summit between King Abdullah II, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which it was agreed that steps would be taken to calm the situation surrounding the Temple Mount and East Jerusalem.
Earlier Wednesday, thousands including Israeli president Reuven Rivlin attended the funeral of Zidan Saif, the Druze policeman who succumbed to his wounds late Tuesday night after a gunfight with the two terrorists at the Har Nof synagogue early that day, making him the fifth casualty of the attack.
Saif, 30, was the first officer on the scene of the attack in Har Nof, where the two Palestinians from East Jerusalem, armed with a gun and cleavers, had already killed four worshipers. Saif was shot in the head in the shootout in which the two terrorists — cousins Ghassan Abu Jamal and Uday Abu Jamal from the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood — were killed.
On Tuesday, hours after the deadly attack, Rabbis Aryeh Kupinsky, 40, Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, and Kalman Levine, 50, were laid to rest. The three were buried at the Har Hamenuhot cemetery in a joint funeral.
Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59, was buried earlier in the day.
Twersky, Kupinsky and Levine also held US citizenship, and Goldberg held British citizenship.