Israel has imposed collective punishment measures, and its leaders have threatened more to come after two Palestinian men opened fire in a busy upscale Tel Aviv square, this past Wednesday evening, killing four Israelis and injuring several more.


The alleged Palestinian gunmen, identified as cousins Muhammad Ahmad Mukhamara and Khaled Muhammad Mukhamara from the town of Yatta near the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, were also wounded before being apprehended.

Israeli media broadcast security camera footage of the incident, showing the two alleged gunmen, dressed in suits, opening fire in a restaurant:

Bezalel Smotrich, a lawmaker with the Jewish Home ultra-nationalist party, regretted that the alleged Palestinian attackers were not slain, and condemned praise of the shootings made on a Twitter account purportedly belonging to Ismail Haniyeh, the top Hamas leader in Gaza.

“The first stage of deterrence is that when a terrorist heads off to kill Jews he understands that he will not leave the arena alive,” Smotrich said in a video posted on his Facebook page.

Smotrich called on the Israeli defense minister to carry out extrajudicial executions of Hamas leaders.

Full article, with additional footage, at the Electronic Intifada.