Zed Nelson
Israel - In This Land




Mercaz Harav Yeshiva. Jerusalem


On March 6, 2008 eight students of the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem were killed and eleven injured when a man armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle opened fire in the library where about eighty young Jews were gathered. The gunman is reported to have fired 500-600 rounds. The victims were aged between 15 and 26.


The gunman, Alaa Abu Dhein, 26, a Palestinian Arab resident of East Jerusalem, was eventually shot dead by an Israeli Defence Force officer.


Although Abu Dhaim left behind no statement describing his motive, his sister said he had been transfixed by the violence in Gaza, where 126 Palestinians had been killed by Israeli forces over a six day period, in response to rockets fire from Palestinian terrorist groups based in Gaza.