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October 29, 2014 6:19 pm

Gunman Shoots, Critically Injures Israeli Temple Mount Activist

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Scene of terror attack in Jerusalem on Wednesday night, October 29. Photo: Amichai Ben David, Tazpit News Agency.

A well-known Temple Mount activist was seriously wounded in a shooting on Derech Hevron Street in Jerusalem late Wednesday night and is being treated for serious wounds in Sha’arei Tzedek Hospital.

Rabbi Yehuda Glick, 49, of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation was shot at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center. He had been speaking at a Temple Mount and Eretz Yisrael Faithful Movement event held at the center annually.

A Jerusalem District spokesman said the gunman was on a motorcycle.

According to Aaron Adler, a MDA paramedic who arrived on scene, Rabbi Glick was still conscious. “We found a man suffering from a number of gunshot wounds in the upper part of his body. We provided him with immediate medical treatment and admitted him for emergency treatment at the hospital with the victim in critical condition.”

Rabbi Glick is the director of Haliba, which advocates for Jewish civil rights on the Temple Mount. The organization’s mission statement says that its goal is to “bring together a diverse group of Jewish Israeli – secular, haredi, traditional, national religious, men and women – who are united in their concern of the inability of Jews to freely ascent the Mount to pray…”

Israeli Knesset Minister Naftali Bennett responded to the terror attack, commenting that, “an attack in the heart of Jerusalem against a public figure crosses a red line of blood.”

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  • Lema Charles

    Quick recovery to Rabbi Glick. Bring to justice the person behind his shooting.

  • shosh

    Israel should put Abbas in HEREM – not allow him to travel any place abroad or outside his home, the same
    thing that was imposed on Arafat. Abbas is calling for a third intifada. Is this a peace partner to Israel?

  • After WWI The Allied Powers Divided the Land into 22 States
    (21 Arab States and 1 Jewish State)
    Israel for the past almost 2,000 years, since the destruction of Jewish Temple and sovereignty and the expulsion of most of its indigenous people, it remained an occupied and colonized outpost in the territory of many global and regional empires.
    The re-establishment of the Jewish State. What needs to be appreciated is that Fifty-One member countries — the entire League of Nations — unanimously declared on July 24, 1922, “Whereas recognition has been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country”. In other words, as Winston Churchill informed in June, 1922, “It is essential that it [the Jewish people] should know that it is in Palestine as of right and not on sufferance”. This response to the Arab assertion that they are being penalized for the Holocaust sins of others [Germans, Poles etc.] extends well beyond rhetoric.
    It is equally important to point out that political rights to self-determination as a polity for Arabs, was guaranteed by the same League of Nations in four other mandates — in Lebanon and Syria [The French Mandate], Iraq, and later Trans-Jordan [The British Mandate].
    A summary of the key points issued at the conclusion of the commemoration follows:
    Reaffirming the importance of the San Remo Resolution of April 25, 1920 — which included the Balfour declaration in its entirety — in shaping the map of the modern Middle East, as agreed upon by the Supreme Council of the principal Allied Powers [Britain, France, Italy, Japan, and the United States acting as an observer], and later approved unanimously by the League of nations; the resolution remains irrevocable, legally binding and valid to this day.
    Emphasizing that the San Remo Resolution of 1920 recognized the exclusive national Jewish rights to the Land of Israel under international law, on the strength of the historical connection of the Jewish people to the territory previously known as Palestine.
    Recalling that such a seminal event as the San Remo Conference of 1920 has been forgotten or ignored by the community of nations, and that the rights it conferred upon the Jewish people have been unlawfully dismissed, curtailed and denied.
    Asserting that a just and lasting peace, leading to the acceptance of secure and recognized borders between all States in the region, can only be achieved by recognizing the long established rights of the Jewish people under international law.
    The outcome of the San Remo declaration gave birth to the “Mandate for Palestine”, an historical League of Nations document that laid down the Jewish legal right to settle anywhere in western Palestine, 10,000 square miles, the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.
    Any attempt to negate the Jewish people’s right to Palestine-Eretz Israel, and to deny them access and control over the area designated for the Jewish people by the League of Nations is a serious infringement of international law.
    Dr. Jacques Gauthier,[Note 2] a practicing international lawyer and scholar was one of many significant participants in the 90th anniversary conference. He is the author of “Whose Jerusalem is it? Exploring Sovereignty Claims to an Ancient City”. He is a Canadian Lawyer, who recently received a PhD following twenty years of research on the legal status of Jerusalem and the writing of the given dissertation of some 1300 pages with 3000 footnotes. He had to present his thesis to a panel of two leading international lawyers and one world famous Jewish historian. The reason for so many footnotes was to enable him to defend his thesis from intense attack by one of the lawyers who happened to be a Jewish anti-Zionist and who had represented the PA on numerous occasions. Gauthier is not Jewish. Although the work of Dr. Gauthier is focused on Jerusalem, much of what it contains is applicable to all of the Land of Israel. Ted Belman has provided a superb summation of the factual thesis as presented below:
    The Balfour Declaration of 1917 started the whole process but it didn’t create international legal rights.
    The San Remo decision made on 25 April 1920, incorporated the Balfour Declaration of 1917[2] and Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations. It was the basic decision upon which the Mandate for Palestine was constructed. While the decision made at San Remo created the Palestine Mandate de facto, the mandate document signed by Great Britain as the Mandatory and the League of Nations made it de jure. It thus became a binding treaty in international law.
    The High Contracting Parties agree to entrust, by application of the provisions of Article 22, the administration of Palestine, within such boundaries as may be determined by the Principal Allied Powers, to a Mandatory, to be selected by the said Powers. The Mandatory will be responsible for putting into effect the declaration originally made on November 8, 1917, by the British Government, and adopted by the other Allied Powers, in favor of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.
    He pointed out that the Arabs weren’t even mentioned but that civil and religious rights only were accorded other inhabitants . This thereby excludes political rights.
    Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations provides for the creation of mandates.
    To those colonies and territories which as a consequence of the late war have ceased to be under the sovereignty of the States which formerly governed them and which are inhabited by peoples not yet able to stand by themselves under the strenuous conditions of the modern world, there should be applied the principle that the well-being and development of such peoples form a sacred trust of civilization and that securities for the performance of this trust should be embodied in this Covenant.
    The legal significance here is that “the well-being and development of such peoples form a sacred trust of civilization”. The Mandatory Power was the trustee of that trust.
    The Palestine Mandate of the League of Nations, included the following significant recital,
    “Whereas recognition has thereby been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country;
    This had never happened before in history. Palestine was to be held for the Jewish people wherever they lived. No such recognition had ever been according to anyone else, anywhere, ever.
    ART. 2. The Mandatory shall be responsible for placing the country under such political, administrative and economic conditions as will secure the establishment of the Jewish national home, as laid down in the preamble, and the development of self-governing institutions, and also for safeguarding the civil and religious rights of all the inhabitants of Palestine, irrespective of race and religion.
    Thus the operative clause specifically referred to the preamble and reiterated that there were no political rights for other inhabitants.
    ART. 5. The Mandatory shall be responsible for seeing that no Palestine territory shall be ceded or leased to, or in any way placed under the control of the Government of any foreign Power.
    ART. 6. The Administration of Palestine, while ensuring that the rights and position of other sections of the population are not prejudiced, shall facilitate Jewish immigration under suitable conditions and shall encourage, in co-operation with the Jewish agency referred to in Article 4, close settlement by Jews on the land, including State lands and waste lands not required for public purposes.
    The United Nations took over from the failed League of Nations in 1945 and its Charter included
    Article: 80 .. nothing in this Chapter shall be construed in or of itself to alter in any manner the rights whatsoever of any states or any peoples or the terms of existing international instruments to which Members of the United Nations may respectively be parties.
    Thus the Palestine Mandate continued without change.
    In 1947, the General Assembly of the UN passed Res 181 which became known as the Partition Plan pursuant to which both Jews and Arabs could announce their state.

    First it must be noted that the Charter of the UN specifically gave no power to the General Assembly because that would infringe on the sovereign power of individual members. So the GA could recommend only. Secondly, this recommendation was in violation of the terms of the Mandate. See Art 5 above.
    This resolution also provided for a Special Regime for Jerusalem which had the following defined boundaries,
    A. SPECIAL REGIME. The City of Jerusalem shall be established as a corpus separatum under a special international regime and shall be administered by the United Nations. The Trusteeship Council shall be designated to discharge the responsibilities of the Administering Authority on behalf of the United Nations.
    B. BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY. The City of Jerusalem shall include the present municipality of Jerusalem plus the surrounding villages and towns, the most eastern of which shall be Abu Dis; the most southern, Bethlehem; the most western, ‘Ein Karim (including also the built-up area of Motsa); and the most northern Shu’fat, as indicated on the attached sketch-map (annex B).
    But this regime was to be limited in time. It was not to be an “international city” for all time as we have been lead to believe.
    The Statute elaborated by the Trusteeship Council
    The aforementioned principles shall come into force not later than 1 October 1948. It shall remain in force in the first instance for a period of ten years, unless the Trusteeship Council finds it necessary to undertake a re-examination of these provisions at an earlier date. After the expiration of this period the whole scheme shall be subject to examination by the Trusteeship Council in the light of experience acquired with its functioning. The residents the City shall be then free to express by means of a referendum their wishes as to possible modifications of regime of the City.
    This provision for a referendum was of critical importance to the acceptance of Res 181 by Ben Gurion. He knew that the Jews were in a majority within these boundaries and would be in 10 years when the referendum was to be held. Thus he was confident that Jerusalem would return to Jewish hands.
    One should realize that the disposition of this area was to be determined not by Israel but by the residents of Jerusalem so defined. Currently the Jews have a 2:1 majority there.
    Needless to say that after the Armistice Agreement of ’49, the Jordanians, who were in control of Jerusalem violated every provision of this resolution which among other things, specified respect for holy places. The referendum never took place.
    After the ’67 war in which Israel regained the land to the Jordan including Jerusalem, Res 242 of the Security Council was passed authorizing Israel to remain in possession of all the land until they had “secure and recognized boundaries”. It did not require Israel to withdraw from all of the territories and it was silent on Jerusalem.

    • clint hale

      Absolutely by far the most brilliant rendition I’ve ever read! Bravo! Bravo!

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    אלימות היא אינה הדרך הנכונה לגרום שנוי חיובי בחברה אזרחית!

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    This attack touches my life personally. Rabbi Yehuda Glick is a friend of mine on Facebook. I have been closely following his posts for quite a long time. He has been and b’ezrat Hashem will continue to be a passionate leader of our people in Jerusalem, Israel. His voice is one of respect, caring, loving, and decency, not of incitement and violence. I wish him a complete and speedy recovery from his wounds.

  • steven L

    The Temple Mount is a platform used by the Muslim circus (Wafq) to incite the Muslim world against the Jews. It looks like the IL gvt is looking for Jews to be killed. Then what!

  • It is time to evict all Arabs who create violence, riot and attack Jews.
    A Jewish person and any other person in Jerusalem and the rest of Greater Israel has the right to live and walk in his own country in peace and tranquility without fear or intimidation.
    I suggest a massive demonstration by Israelis, demanding the government to restore peace without fear or intimidation at all costs. Ignore world opinion and the Media, they will criticize and defame Israel no matter what.
    Eventually the world at large respects a government that protects its people.
    According to International Law All Jews have the right to live in any area of the original 1920 Mandate for Palestine and its adoption in perpetuity by the League of Nations.

    It is interesting to note that the World at large is not questioning the State of Jordan and its territory, which was taken from the allocation to Jewish land. Jordan a State that has never existed in history prior to WW1. But Israel that has existed on its land for over 3500 years which included The land Jordan occupies, they are questioning Israel’s land. They do not mention that The Arabs ejected a million Jewish people and confiscated their homes and assets and that about 600,000 of them were settled in Israel’s LIBERATED TERRITORY.

    Arabs are the occupiers, they have 21 Arab States that were granted to them after WW1 by the same powers that granted the State of Israel.
    There is no other term for Jewish villages and towns in Judea and Samaria and East Jerusalem than Liberated Territories.

    To negate any claim of Arab ownership of the land, Read and study the Ottoman empire land title. It states that approximately 88% of the land was owned by the government, some of it was leased to the Arab population as sharecroppers, not owners.
    The balance 12% was owned by Arab land barons who sold the land at premium prices to the Jews. as shown in this invaluable webpage on the topic.

    Here is the incredible testimony of The Mufti of Jerusalem on January 12, 1937 when he documents in testimony for the British Peel Commission that the Jews did not steal land from the Arab Palestinians but by the year of 1920, the time of the “Occupation” meaning the British Palestine Mandate, the Jewish people had already purchased 1,500,000 dunams of land in the Land of Israel which is 375,000 acres.
    The Mufti also testified that the land was not bought by “forcibly acquired-compulsory acquisition of land”. That kind of ruling behavior was the action of the Ottoman rulers and not the Jews. Also the Mufti admitted that any evictions done were by absentee landlords who chose to sell “land over the heads of their tenants, who then were forcibly evicted”, and that the majority of these tenants were not Palestinians but Lebanese.

    It is a common practice by the Muslims to obfuscate, distort, outright fabrication and misrepresent facts to their benefit, it is even permitted under their religion, in order to accomplish their goals.

    Supporting documents and articles links:

    YJ Draiman

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Israel should take the courage and close the place to Muslim. Allowing only Christian and Jews to worship there. The dome is the abomination spoken in the Holy Bible about. The Muslim attach on Jews and Christians had been use to stop the right of worship there.

  • So there is concern that “of the inability of Jews to freely ascent the Mount to pray…”, and has one one of those concerned ever asked for the doors to be opened to them?

    • Rabbi Glick is to be admired and deeply appreciated.
      However, as he himself was doubtless aware, while knowing the incident was predictable, a violent response to his praise-worthy action was in he cards. from the beginning.He knew what he was up against and
      was guided by his conscience even so.
      We need people of his insight and courage. Still, we should also hang on to awareness, that insight and courage equal to his are too much to expect of most people. So let’s go ahead and praise him to the skies without affecting to believe that very many of our neighbors will be to be inspired to follow his onal example. The tendency to xenophobia and cowardice goes so deep in human nature that we should not bet on the likelihood of its every being rooted out in either Jews or the other side. We can only rail about it to ourselves and like-minded people and try our best to
      root it out in whatever friends we think might listen. And, yes. indeed wallow in commiseration with and veneration for Rabbi Glick and his followers. Besides, at the same time cheering on and helping Muslims of good will when we cross paths with them them.

  • Leon

    I pray that Rabbi Glick will be healed and return to good health. Shalom

  • Wm. J. Levy

    I hope its not a Jew shooting another Jew.

    After the assassination of Arlozoroff and PM Rabin Jews shouldn’t be killing fellow Jews.

    There are enough enemies to kill.

    • Sonia Willats

      We have an unofficial 3rd interfada in process anyway, conjured up by Fatah and Hamas, working in tandem. It is not likely to be a Jew this time.

    • Michal

      And Rudolf Kasztner.

  • NCS

    Why wasn’t there more security?

  • Al Talena

    Info on the shooter?

  • danny kid

    It is time to liberate muslim occupied Jewish lands.

    • Sonia Willats

      G-d will do this. It is in TNch. Wait for G-d’s time. I fear it is coming soon enough.

  • Raphael Klarfeld, MD

    That savages such as this attacker exist darkens any opportunity for peaceful resolutions to any of these kinds of disagreements. Minister Bennett’s comment is unfortunate in that it immediately implies further bloodshed which cannot possibly lead to a productive outcome to the transgression committed.

  • Michael Fox

    Time for Israel to clean house.

    Egypt has declared a state of emergency and is destroying homes in the Sinai all along the 8 mile border with Hamas controlled Gaza. They are building a 500 meter wide buffer zone to protect Egypt from ongoing terrorism. Israel needs to do the same in Judea and Samaria and annex the area. Close the border crossings into Israel and deport any East Jerusalem or Israeli Palestinian guilty of insurrection, confiscate their land and destroy their homes.

    The reality of a Palestinian state coexisting on the border of Israel is a fools dream and becomes more so with each passing day.

  • Emmett

    Makes one wonder if the perpetrators responsible were hired by one of those traitors in the Israeli govt who want to keep the “status quo” on the Temple Mount.

  • I pray that of these Jewish Israeli groups include the Messianic Jews too for we are in support the rights of all Jews to ascent the Temple Mount to pray. As divers we may be we are all Jews of the same blood bound by Torah and our love of our home land Israel.

    • Gavriel,

      What a beautiful thing to say. It is only a matter of time before more traditional-minded Jews see the wisdom (necessity?) of banding together despite our theological differences. Let’s face it, a Messianic Jew entering Auschwitz was not turned away by the Nazi commandant because he was a “Christian.” If our enemies consider us Jews, shouldn’t our own fellow Jews?

      • Surak

        Your mind has been corrupted by misinformation. Ignorance, however, is not an excuse for the worst of all possible blasphemies and heresies. “Messianic Jews” are Jewish apostates who have violated the most serious prohibition, the one against idolatry. Read the truth:

      • Sonia Willats

        Agreed. Love for Israel, Torah, Temple Mount. This is the water-shed. Look at the Christian priest from Nazareth as well speaking yesterday at Human Rights Watch in the UN. Love for Israel, Judaism, the Jewish people, their right to Temple Mount and the whole of the Land will be the final divider of men’s hearts. RABBI JEHUDA GLICK is, notably, a man of peace. His manner is very GENTLE. A lovely man. I feared it was him when I read the headline.

    • judorebbe


    • Surak

      “Messianic Jews” are Jewish apostates who have violated the most serious prohibition, the one against idolatry. Your mind has been corrupted by misinformation. Ignorance, however, is not an excuse for the worst of all possible blasphemies and heresies. Learn the truth:

    • judorebbe

      I can respect a Christian, despite our theological differences, and twenty centuries of Jew-hatred, as an ally (by necessity) against the common threat from the global jihad.

      But a Christian masquerading as a Jew, with the intent of proselytizing, is beyond disgraceful … it is a fraud.

  • Bernard Ross

    abbas should be held responsible for incitment

  • Olga Petrova

    Where was the security of this temple at this timing when all enemies so violent and united against of Israel ?
    I am furious and sadden …

  • zvi

    Not one word of condemnation will be uttered by the coward , myopic Obama administration, Can you imagine the outcry if an Arab non-violent organizer would have been shoot in Jerusalem ?

    • steven L

      The Pr. may have an “Islamic” agenda for America.

  • art

    Not to worry Obama will say it is NOT a terrorist attack and won’t interfere with the so called peace process. After all the victim is just a Jew. Does anyone still doubt that Obama hates Jews and Israel. Our prayers for Rabbi Glicks recovery.

  • Doc Smith

    Swift healing for the Rabi…the assailant..those who live
    by the sword…….by the sword shall perish…..the
    Temple Mount belongs to Israel!!!!!

  • Zbigniew Dratwa

    Best wishes to Rabbi Glick