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Har Nof Attack Scene 'Looked Like the Holocaust'

ZAKA founder describes the gruesome sight of synagogue massacre, which made other attack scenes pale by comparison.

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ZAKA workers remove body at Har Nof attack
ZAKA workers remove body at Har Nof attack
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At the scene of the terrorist attack in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood, where earlier on Tuesday two Arab terrorists murdered four Jews and wounded eight others, Arutz Sheva got the chance to speak with Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, founder and chairman of ZAKA.

ZAKA works to ensure proper burial according to Jewish law at the scenes of attacks and natural disasters, although according to Meshi-Zahav, the Har Nof attack was of a level he had never seen before.

"I don't remember seeing a disaster scene as shocking as this, (the victims) were wrapped in talit (prayer shawls) and tefilin (phylacteries)," said Meshi-Zahav.

Describing the horrific sight, he continued "puddles, rivers of blood throughout the entire synagogue, siddurim (prayer books) thrown all over the floor - a sight that we only recognize from the Holocaust, from the period of the Holocaust."

"These are Jews who got up early in the morning to pray to the Creator of the World, and in the middle of their prayers - in the middle of a religious act, of an act of faith, not of conflict - were attacked...I do not know what is more shocking than this," remarked Meshi-Zahav.

Thousands showed up for the funerals of the four victims, who included Rabbi Moshe Twersky, hy"d, 'Rosh Kollel' for the 'Torat Moshe' yeshiva; Rabbi Kalman Levine, hy"d; Aryeh Kupinsky, hy"d, and Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, hy"d.

In the attack, cousins Uday and Rassan Abu Jamal of Jerusalem's Jabel Mukabar neighborhood used hatchets, knives and guns to attack worshipers at a synagogue before being killed in a shootout with police.