A mother and daughter are grieving over the deaths of six of their relatives in the attack that killed six people at a synagogue in Jerusalem, the latest attack to strike the city since the beginning of this month.
Speaking to Channel 2 News, the two women said that they have been struggling to come to terms with what happened.
“We have never imagined what we are going through, it’s a nightmare,” said the mother, Elisabeth Koursh.
“What are we going to do now?” she said.
“I think we’re trying it with our kids and with our family, so we can get through this.”
She said they were overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from strangers.
“I’m in shock and I’m scared, and I am really upset,” she said, speaking of her grief and anger.
“There are so many people that are hurting.
We can’t even find a place to stay and eat.”
The attack on the synagogue was the third such attack in the city this month and the sixth since June when Palestinian militants attacked the offices of the Jewish Agency for Israel.
The Jewish Agency’s office has been closed since then, but it has reopened its offices for services.
“The attacks are still happening, they are not stopping,” said one of the women, Shadi Yaffa.
“It’s a normal day, but they are still targeting the Jewish community and the Jewish neighborhoods, and it’s happening everywhere,” she added.
Yaffa said the attack came at a time when Israeli authorities were trying to ease tensions after a wave of deadly attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
The three other victims, aged 30, 33 and 32, died on Sunday, while the youngest victim, 19-year-old Dina Bashi, remains in a critical condition.
Koursh said that while she was shocked and devastated by the attack, she did not expect to lose her son.
“He’s the most loving person I know.
He was a very kind boy, and he was so good to me, he always wanted to help me,” she explained.”
And he never did anything to hurt anybody.
He always gave me so much support.”