Clergy plead for interfaith tolerance in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AP) — Clergy representing Christians, Jews and Muslims have met near the Jerusalem synagogue where five people died in a grisly Palestinian attack to plead for tolerance amid spiking regional tensions.

The group gathered Wednesday in a courtyard outside the synagogue where two Palestinian cousins armed with meat cleavers, knives and a pistol killed four worshippers and a policeman Tuesday. After a brief gun battle, security forces shot the assailants dead.

Absent from the meeting were Muslim authorities from Jerusalem and senior Israeli rabbis.

Rabbi Michael Melchior, a former Israeli legislator, said residents of the Holy Land have political and religious differences, “but this is not the way.”

In recent weeks, 11 people have died at the hands of Palestinian attackers — most in Jerusalem, but also in Tel Aviv and the West Bank.

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