Activist on Jewish access to Temple Mount seriously wounded in shooting

A view of the Temple Mount. Credit: Godot13 via Wikimedia Commons.

A view of the Temple Mount. Credit: Godot13 via Wikimedia Commons.

( Activist Yehuda Glick, a promoter of Jewish access to the Temple Mount, was shot and seriously wounded on Wednesday night by a gunman riding a motorcycle outside of a Jerusalem conference. On Thursday, Israeli police shot and killed the Arab man suspected of trying to assassinate Glick.

Glick—the former director of the Temple Institute education and research organization, which says its work “touches upon the history of the Holy Temple’s past, an understanding of the present day, and the Divine promise of Israel’s future”—remained in hospital and in serious condition on Thursday. The gunman was identified as Moatez Hijazi, an Islamic Jihad activist. Hijazi, 32, had spent 11 years in an Israeli jail and was released in 2012.

“Yehudah is a selfless champion of the right for Jews to pray at the Temple Mount, who works tirelessly towards this goal, and together with all of Israel, we are deeply concerned for his welfare, and in prayer for his speedy and complete recovery,” the Temple Institute said in a statement.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “I would like to send my best wishes for a full and quick recovery to Yehuda Glick, who is now fighting for his life. … The international community needs to stop its hypocrisy and take action against inciters, against those who try to change the status quo.”

“I have ordered significant reinforcements so that we can maintain both security in Jerusalem and the status quo in the holy places,” added Netanyahu. “This struggle might be long, and here, like in other struggles, we must first of all, lower the flames. No side should take the law into its own hands. We must be level-headed and act with determination and responsibility, and so we shall.”

Posted on October 30, 2014 .