A Palestinian driver slammed into a group of Israelis waiting at a stop of the Jerusalem light rail service Wednesday afternoon, killing a 3-month-old baby in a stroller and injuring 8 others, including the infant’s father.
Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld called the incident a terror attack, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for encouraging violence against Jews in Jerusalem.
Video posted on YouTube appeared to show the moment the car swerved and headed for the pedestrians.
“This is how Abbas' partners in government [Hamas] act. This is the same Abbas who, only a few days ago, incited toward a terrorist attack in Jerusalem,” Netanyahu said in a statement, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Netanyahu spokesman Ofir Gendelman wrote on Twitter that the suspect, who was shot and injured when he tried to flee the scene on foot, was a member of Hamas.
A police official told the Times of Israel that the suspect had previously served time in Israeli prison.
HEARTRENDING: Emergency responders near carriage of 3 month old baby which was killed in Jerusalem terror attack. pic.twitter.com/zsODqtDFjI— Israel News Feed (@IsraelHatzolah) October 22, 2014
Israel’s Army Radio identified the baby killed as Chaya Zissel Baron. Her grandfather, Shimshon Halperin, said she was killed over a historical hatred.
“The girl was pure, with a holy soul, who didn’t do anything bad to anyone, was murdered for no reason,” Halperin told reporters as he was exiting the hospital Wednesday night.
"Not even Satan could create sufficient vengeance for the blood of a 3-month-baby," Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Heightened security in Jerusalem after security assessments made. Arab Terrorist from silwan served in israel prison pic.twitter.com/jSjn69HfSU— Micky Rosenfeld (@MickyRosenfeld) October 22, 2014
The deadly incident occurred after weeks of attacks against Jews in Jerusalem, including the throwing of stones and Molotov cocktails by Palestinians.
"The violence in Jerusalem reached its peak today. The reality in recent months of repeated violent incidents by [Arabs] must stop,” Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel said. "It started with throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails and continued to deteriorate and today, unfortunately, Jewish blood was spilled."