5 Americans — including NYC family — among victims in Jerusalem shooting: officials

Five Brooklyn residents — including a pregnant woman and a family — were among the eight victims of a Palestinian terrorist who opened fire on a bus in Jerusalem on Sunday, according to reports and officials.

The pregnant woman, who is from Borough Park, suffered abdominal injuries and underwent an emergency C-section, according to local hospital officials and reports. She and the baby are in serious condition.

The three shot family members are from Williamsburg, and the dad is in serious condition, according to Yeshiva World News. Officials said the father suffered gunshot wounds to the head and neck, while his son was struck in the arm.

A 22-year-old man from Crown Heights, Menachem Palace, also was wounded in the bloodshed.

The young man’s dad, Dovid Palace, told The Post that his son helped shield a girl on the bus.

A pregnant woman and a family of four were among the eight victims of the attack.
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“He actually saved the girl next to him. He jumped over when the bullet was flying, and he saved — I don’t know how old the girl was — but he saved someone, and it was like a big deal,” Dovid said.

“I understand it was a baby in a carriage, so they couldn’t move,’’ the dad said of the people his son helped. “He had a big miracle’’ himself, Dovid added of his son.

The family of three, who arrived in Israel on Wednesday, were en route to a site known as David’s Tomb in the eastern part of the city when the attack occurred, reports said.

The shooting broke out as the bus was sitting in a parking lot near the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site. 

US ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides confirmed that Americans were among the wounded.

Israeli police crime scene investigators work at the scene of a shooting attack that wounded several Israelis near the Old City of Jerusalem, early Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022.
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US ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides confirmed that Americans were among the wounded.

“Deeply saddened to confirm that Americans were injured in this attack,” Nides said in the Twitter post. “I’ve spoken with the families and will keep them in my prayers.”

The suspected shooter — who has surrendered to police — is an Israeli citizen born in 1996, CNN reported, citing a security source. The New York Times reported he is a Palestinian resident of Silwan, a neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

Israeli media identified the shooter as Amir Sadawi, who reportedly turned himself in by asking a taxi driver to take him to the police.

A rep for Hamas commended the “heroic operation” against the “arrogance of the occupation’s soldiers and extremist settlers,” according to the Washington Post, but the group did not claim responsibility for it.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said she was stunned by the shooting.

A stroller is seen near a bus after an attack in Jerusalem on Aug. 14, 2022
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“I’m horrified by the terror attack in Jerusalem, and by the news that a family of New Yorkers has been impacted,” she tweeted.

“My team is making contact with @StateDept to assist however possible. We condemn terror and stand with the Israeli people as they seek peace.”

The attack came a week after Israeli aircraft carried out an offensive in the Gaza Strip targeting the militant group Islamic Jihad, igniting three days of intense cross-border fighting. 

Islamic Jihad in turn fired hundreds of rockets during the flare-up, which killed two of its commanders and other militants. Israel said the attack was aimed at preventing threats from the group that it would respond to the arrest of one of its officials in the occupied West Bank.

Forty-nine Palestinians, including 17 children and 14 militants, were killed and several hundred injured in the fighting, which ended with an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire.

No Israeli was killed or seriously injured in the Gaza conflict.

Israeli police said they had arrested a suspect in a pre-dawn gun attack on a bus in central Jerusalem.

With Post wires