The terrorist attack was carried out by 21-year-old Abd el-Rahman Shaloudi, a 21-year-old Palestinian from Silwan (a neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem). He was shot by police as he tried to flee the scene and died despite being treated in Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Hospital.
Shaloudi made no secret of his support for Hamas, posting messages and video clips about the terrorist organization on his Facebook page. He is the nephew of Muhi a-Din Sharif, the former head of the terrorist organization's armed wing and its chief bomb-maker who died in 1998.
Shaloudi had been arrested for terrorism-related violence against Jews in the past and served two prison sentences. Among the charges to which he pleaded guilty were throwing petrol bombs at Jewish cars, attempted arson and aggravated assault.
There was widespread praise of the terrorist attack by Palestinian officials, media and terrorist organization spokesmen.
Fatah movement, headed by Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud
Abbas, published items glorifying Shaloudi. Sultan Abu-Aynayn, a Fatah
Central Committee member and Abbas advisor, praised Shaloudi and called
him "a heroic martyr" in Facebook comments posted Thursday (23 October).
also published a poster Thursday on its official Facebook page
celebrating the terrorist: “The Silwan branch of Fatah honors the heroic
martyr Abdel Rahman al-Shaloudi, who executed the Jerusalem operation
which led to the running over of settlers in the occupied city of
Jerusalem.” Fatah portrayed his death as "his wedding" [a reference to
the Muslim belief that martyrs marry 72 virgins in paradise].
A senior Hamas spokesperson, Mushir al-Masri, praised
the terrorist attack Thursday, deeming it a "daring operation" and a
Islamic Jihad's al-Quds Brigade released an
official statement Thursday, similarly calling the attack a "natural
right" and a response to "Zionist aggression."
Hamas-supported news agency Shehab produced a poster encouraging more
Palestinians to use their cars to carry out terrorist attacks. The
poster, which shows the floor of a car on the drivers' side, replaces
the acceleration pedal with a Kalashnikov magazine overflowing with