Photo Credit: Hillel Meir / TPS
The scene after the attack at Damascus Gate.

Two clerics from the Jordanian Waqf, the Islamic Authority who oversee the Al Aqsa and Dome of the Rock mosques at the Temple Mount, were arrested Sunday by Israel Police.

The two suspects were detained in connection with a terrorist attack that took place on the Sabbath (April 2) in the Old City of Jerusalem that took place near the Damascus Gate.


A 17-year-old Arab attacker stabbed two Orthodox Jews who were walking back from prayers at the Western Wall, and a Border Guard police officer who came to their aid.

The police officer was able to draw his gun and open fire at the stabber despite his injuries, killing the attacker, Ahmad Jazal of Shechem.

Both suspects, Hasnin Zahnir and Sami Abed Fatiha, are da’is — “charitable workers for Islamic organizations” — according to a report by Ynet.

The details of their involvement are under gag order; both were arraigned and their remand has been extended by the court.