(UPDATES BELOW) 2:20PM EST: There has just been a major terrorist attack in Yeshivas Meraz Harav Kook in Yerushalayim. (Click HERE for pics – graphic!) There are conflicting reports coming in to YWN about how many terrorists were involved and about the number of Yidden R”L killed. Hatzolah Israel confirms to YWN that at LEAST 10 people have R”L been killed. The number of wounded has not been confirmed – but four people have been transported to the hospitals is critical condition – all with gunshot wounds.
UPDATE 3:30PM EST: At this time, the total number of Bochrim who were R”L is seven – with ten Bochrim injured (some seriously wounded). According to witnesses, one terrorist entered a dining-room where 80 Bochrim were having a Rosh Chodesh Seudah and opened fire. The Jerusalem Post reports that the terrorist fired close to 500 bullets in approximately 10 minutes – before he was killed.
The Merkaz Harav Yeshiva’s emergency hotline # is: 02-652-4793.
UPDATE 5:00PM EST: Hamas came close to claiming responsibility for the terror attack, by issuing the following statement: “We bless the (Jerusalem) operation. It will not be the last.” In Gaza City, residents went out into the streets and fired rifles in celebration in the air and distributed sweets in the streets after hearing the “good news” of the attack.
President Bush issued the following statement: “I condemn in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack in Jerusalem that targeted innocent students at the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva. This barbaric and vicious attack on innocent civilians deserves the condemnation of every nation.
I have just spoken with Prime Minister Olmert to extend my deepest condolences to the victims, their families, and to the people of Israel. I told him the United States stands firmly with Israel in the face of this terrible attack.”
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Thursday condemned the attack calling it an “act of terror and depravity.”
Following the murderous attack, the Bostoner Rebbe Shlita called for everyone to say Tehillim. The Rebbe Shlita is “asking every Yid wherever he is, whatever he is doing, to stop now and recite three chapters of Tehillim, any three chapters. Those who need a Refua
Shleima should be healed, those that need a yeshua to get the yeshua they need. Now is a time for all Yidden to stand together and direct ourselves to the Ribbono Shel Olam.
Hundreds packed many Shuls and Batei Midrashim throughout Eretz Yisroel to say Tehillim on Thursday night. Hundreds reportedly gathered in the Mir Yerushalayim Bais Medrash.
In the United States, Many Shuls were quickly arranging many Tehillim, and Kinnos Hisorirus gatherings for Thursday night.
As of this time, YWN has learned that K’hal Tiferes Yackov (Hagoen Rav Avrohom Schorr Shlita) will be having a Kinnus Hisorirus at 10:00PM [1212 East 15th Street].
The Agudath Yisroel Bais Binyomin will be having a Kinnus Hisorirus at 10:30PM; the Mora D’asra – Rav Pinchos Breuer Shlita will be speaking for men and women [2913 Avenue L].
In Baltimore there will be a community gathering for Tehillim tonight at 8:15PM at Shearith Israel Congregation (the “Glen Avenue Shul”).
In chicago – Beis Hamedrash Mikor Hachaim (6716 N. Whipple St) will have a recitation of tehillim followed by Divrei Hissorirus given by Rabbi Schecter at 9:00 PM tonight In light of the horrific terrorist attack in Yerushalayim today.
One of the Bochrim in serious condition’s name for Tehillim is Yehonasan ben Avital.