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- 10/29/14--16:09: Right-Wing Activist Yehuda Glick Shot in Jerusalem
- 10/31/14--09:10: Tensions High at Jerusalem's Temple Mount After Shooting
- 12/09/14--21:00: An Interview with Israel’s Most Wanted Man, Rabbi Yehuda Glick
- 09/11/17--04:00: Palestinian Authority Arrests Peace Activist For Hosting Israeli MK
Yehuda Glick, a well-known advocate for Jewish prayer rights at the Temple Mount, was shot in the chest Wednesday night in Jerusalem in what is believed to have been an assassination attempt. The U.S.-born rabbi remains in “serious condition.”
The shooting occurred as Glick exited an event at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center about the Temple Mount, at which he had spoken. According to Knesset member Moshe Feiglin the gunman drove by on a motorcycle, asked if he was Yehuda Glick, and shot him after he confirmed his identity.
Clashes erupted in Jerusalem yesterday after Israeli police shot and killed a 32-year-old Palestinian man suspected in Wednesday’s shooting of Yehuda Glick, a prominent rabbi and activist, which is believed to have been an assassination attempt. Glick, 49, a well-known proponent of increasing Jewish prayer rights at the Temple Mount (Jews are currently not allowed to enter the site), remains in “serious but stable condition.”
Israeli officials closed off access to the Temple Mount yesterday, angering Palestinian leaders and sparking demonstrations in East Jerusalem. The site was reopened for Muslim prayers last night, but only for men over 50.
On the evening of Oct. 29, Yehuda Glick was hosting his seventh annual Temple Mount Conference at Jerusalem’s Menachem Begin Center, speaking to an audience of 300 about his 20-year fight for Jewish prayer at the holy site where only Muslims are permitted to pray. When the event wound down at around 10 p.m., Glick went outside to meet his wife in the parking lot. Glick opened the back door of the family car to load some signs and flyers that had been left at the conference. As he turned around, he found himself face to face with a man on a motorcycle who was wearing a helmet. Despite having received numerous death threats, the thought that this man was there to kill him never crossed Glick’s mind.
“He didn’t look scary,” Glick said. “He just looked like somebody who was very determined to comment on something about the conference.”
This is the opening section of Matti Friedman’s essay about Jerusalem, presented by Tablet for Yom Yerushalayim. To read the full essay, with photographs by Dan Balilty, click here.
Mohamed Jabir is a former member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror organization. He used to decorate his home in Hebron with photographs of Osama bin-Laden, and, at one point, considered becoming a suicide bomber. He had a change of heart, realized the evil of violence against innocents, and became a prominent peace activists. Yehuda Glick is an Israeli member of Knesset with the Likud party. He is an active promoter of the right of Jews to pray on the Temple Mount, and is a survivor of an assassination attempt by Jabir’s former terror group. He is also a firm believer in peaceful coexistence between Arabs and Jews, and when the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha rolled in, Glick traveled to Hebron to pay his friend Jabir a visit.
The two men sat on the couch, enjoyed some fruit and sweet pastries and the company of Jabir’s sweet children. Later that day, Glick posted a few photos of the afternoon on his Facebook account. “Inshallah,” he wrote, “may we all live here in peace. Happy holiday.”