Palestinian police knew they were targeting worshipers who had come to pray at Joseph’s Tomb in a pre-dawn trip, charged Dani Dayan, who heads the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.
“This is a terrorist attack from every point of view. There was no provocation here. The Palestinian police knew exactly whom they were shooting at. They knew perfectly well that they [the worshipers] were unarmed. They might have even known the person,” Dayan told The Jerusalem Post on Friday.
He dismissed all claims that the Palestinians felt threatened or did not know who their victims were. Breslev worshipers often go to the tomb without prior coordination with the IDF, he said.
“There was a sort of modus vivendi, an implicit understanding” between the Palestinian police and the Breslev worshipers, he said.
He added that he felt there was a direct link between the two terrorists who killed five members of the Fogel family in the Itamar settlement last month and the Palestinian policeman who killed one of the worshipers, Ben Yosef Livnat, 25, of Jerusalem.