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Israel closes Temple Mount to Muslims, Jews following Jerusalem Shooting

reposted from Times of Israel
October 30, 2014 Heshvan 6, 5775

Police say access to site barred ‘until further notice'; security forces on high alert in capital, brace for clashes; Yehudah Glick, member of Temple Mount Faithful [sic], remains in serious but stable condition

Israel decided Wednesday night to prohibit access to the Temple Mount Thursday to both Muslims and Jews until further notice, following the shooting in Jerusalem of Rabbi Yehudah Glick, a right-wing activist with the Temple Mount Faithful.

Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe Edri together with Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch assessed intelligence reports on the ground, according to a police spokesman, and issued a directive barring Muslim and Jewish worshipers from accessing the holy site.

Right-wing activists, including some members of Knesset, had called to march on the Temple Mount en masse Thursday morning in response the shooting which left Glick in serious, but stable, condition.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for an increased police presence in Jerusalem, as security forces were on high alert across the country.

“We are all praying for Yehudah’s well-being,” said Netanyahu.

Glick was shot three times outside the Jerusalem’s Begin Center following a conference about the Jewish presence on the Temple Mount. Police were still searching for the unidentified assailant who was wearing a helmet and was said to have fled the scene on a motorcycle.

Glick had finished a speech at a conference at the Begin Center, entitled “Israel returns to the Temple Mount.” Eyewitnesses said that after the event, a man with an Arabic accent approached Glick and asked him for his identity. The man then shot the victim, got on the motorcycle and fled.

Channel 2 reported Wednesday night following the incident that Glick had turned to police at least five times recently to complain about threats to his life.

A message on a jihadist Palestinian website about the conference he attended prior to the shooting, which included details on the time, location and attendees, was being looked into by police, Channel 2 reported. The post also called on Palestinians to prevent the meeting, according to the report.

Glick’s father, Professor Shimon Glick, said his family was worried for his son’s well-being after he received death threats for his Temple Mount activities. “I was very worried. My wife was very worried,” he told Channel 2.

“Unfortunately, he didn’t receive proper protection. He showed me on Facebook the threats against him. I knew this would happen and asked him to stop his activities,” he told Ynet.

Glick was hospitalized at Shaare Tzedek Medical Center where his condition was stabilized, doctors said. Dr. Ofer Naim, the head of the hospital’s trauma unit, said Glick was in the final stages of surgery to save his life and will need an additional operation on Thursday. Naim described bullet wounds to the stomach and lungs and said his life remained in danger.


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