Gunman kills seven, injures three, at a synagogue in Jerusalem | USA TODAY

A burst of violence in Israel cast a cloud over an upcoming visit by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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A Palestinian gunman opened fire outside an east Jerusalem synagogue Friday night, killing seven people, including a 70-year-old woman, and wounding three others before he was shot and killed by police, officials said. It was the deadliest attack on Israelis in years and raised the likelihood of more bloodshed.

The attack, which occurred as residents were observing the Jewish sabbath, came a day after an Israeli military raid killed nine Palestinians in the West Bank. Friday's shooting set off celebrations in both the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, where people fired guns into the air, honked horns and distributed sweets.

The burst of violence, which also included a rocket barrage from Gaza and retaliatory Israeli airstrikes, has posed an early challenge for Israel’s new government, which is dominated by ultranationalists who have pushed for a hard line against Palestinian violence. It also cast a cloud over a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to the region Sunday.

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    1. I’m sure you’ll do a fine job fighting that one tyrant 5,000 miles away.
      Too bad you’ll miss the 5,000 tyrants one mile away.

  1. If only citizens were allowed to carry something like those things police used to stop the bad guy…then they wouldn’t have to wait.

    1. Probably a Mossad false flag sacrificing a few to justify the continued genocide. Zionist dont have any problem sacrificing their own people for the greater good. Look at the foundation of Israel and the haavara/transfer Agreement.

    2. Its not religious at all, zionists are secular and only use religion to justify the genicide and stealing of property, land, culture.

    3. Definitely NOT a religious war in any kind of way. Yes, Israeli Jews have desecrated Palestinian Christian graves and churches, calling Christian’s polytheists and have set off gas bombs and bullets inside holy mosques, and claim that their holy book gave this land to them so they have a right to take it away from anyone who is there, but this is really a war about land, not religion.

  2. The U.S. should send “the squad” along with blinken, Guatamala kamala, KJP, and pelosi and they can’t come back until there is peace in Israel

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