James Cleverly, the UK’s Minister for International Development, has condemned Wednesday’s stabbing attack in Israel in which a Palestinian man murdered a Jewish Rabbi.

“I condemn the stabbing attack yesterday of Rabbi Shai Ohayon in the city of Petach Tikwa, Israel,” said Cleverly in a Tweet, “There is no excuse for such violence. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”

The 39-year-old Jewish rabbi was returning home from religious college when he exited the bus and was stabbed by a Palestinian attacker.

The attacker was chased by a passer-by and later arrested by police.

He is survived by his pregnant wife Sivan, and his four children Tohar, 13, Hillel, 11, Shiloh, 9, and Malachi, 4.

Prime Minister Netanyahu tweeted, “My wife Sara and I embrace the family, the wife and four children who were left today without a father. We will work to demolish the home of the terrorist and seek the most severe punishment,”

“Our thoughts are with the Ohayon family, whose son Rabbi Shai was murdered by a despicable terrorist,” tweeted President Reuven Rivlin. “We have lost a man of Torah, a font of knowledge, a father of four children. The terrorist and his accomplices must face justice. Terror must not win. May his memory be a blessing.”

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