Cheshvan 6, 5775 / Thursday, Oct. 30 '14

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  1. Prime Suspect in Glick Shooting Eliminated
  2. Double Life: Glick Shooter Worked at Begin Center Restaurant
  3. Abbas Says Closing Temple Mount 'A Declaration of War'
  4. Netanyahu Slams International 'Hypocrisy' over Glick Shooting
  5. Liberman Issues Biting Response to Sweden Palestine Recognition
  6. Doctors Say Yehuda Glick's Life Still in Danger
  7. Slomiansky: Shame on Employers Who Hire Terrorists
  8. Watch: Glick Speaks Moments Before Shooting


1. Prime Suspect in Glick Shooting Eliminated

by Uzi Baruch and Tova Dvorin

Security forces killed an Islamic Jihad terrorist, 32 year-old Mu'taz Hijazi of Abu Tor in southern Jerusalem, on Thursday morning, suspicion that he was involved in the shooting of Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick. 

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According to one report, the forces tried to arrest the suspect, but were forced to shoot him after he retaliated violently. 

"In a joint operation of the Jerusalem police and the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet), a SWAT team arrived in the Abu Tor neighborhood this morning to arrest a prime suspect... in the shooting incident yesterday against Yehuda Glick," the Jerusalem Police District said Thursday in an official statement.

"With the arrival of SWAT at the home, the suspect began firing shots at soldiers, who returned fire and killed him. Police and Border Patrol forces are deployed in the neighborhood and throughout the city to maintain security." 

Glick - who founded and heads the LIBA Initiative for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount - was shot in the chest on Wednesday night outside the Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem, after the shooter pulled up in a motorcycle or scooter and confirmed his identity before shooting. 

He had been speaking, minutes before being shot, at an event for Jewish rights on the Temple Mount that had hosted leading religious figures and MKs. Likud MK Moshe Feiglin with with Glick as he was shot. 

The 50 year-old advocate for Jewish rights at Judaism's holiest site is in critical, but stable condition, Sha'arei Tzedek hospital staff stated overnight Wednesday/Thursday. The public has been asked to pray for Yehuda Yehoshua ben Rivka Ita Breindel

Islamic Jihad has just claimed official responsibility for the attack, as of just before 9:00 am Thursday. 

Meanwhile, the Temple Mount remains closed to all visitors - Jewish, Muslim, or otherwise - on Thursday morning, despite rumors to the contrary. 

Meanwhile, a large group of Jews are praying for Glick in a vigil outside the Temple Mount - and Likud MK Moshe Feiglin is reportedly attempting to ascend the Mount regardless of the police ban (thusfar unsuccessfully). 

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2. Double Life: Glick Shooter Worked at Begin Center Restaurant

by Tova Dvorin

The Islamic Jihad terrorist responsible for the attempted murder of Temple Mount rights activist Yehuda Glick was an employee at the Terasa restaurant, located inside the Begin Heritage Center where Glick was talking moments before - and was employed at the cafeteria there despite having served time in Israeli prison for terrorism charges. 

32 year-old Islamic Jihad terrorist Mu'taz Hijazi was released from prison in 2012, after serving 11 years for terrorism against Jews.

Upon his release, he made the following remarks in an interview shortly after his release: 

"I am happy to return to Jerusalem. I wish to be a thorn in the throat of the Zionist plan to Judaize Jerusalem." 

Arutz Sheva reached out to the Terasa restaurant for clarification as to how a convicted terrorist could be employed there, but the restaurant refused to issue a response. 

Apparently Hijazi presented a good front, with multiple witnesses telling Arutz Sheva that they had encountered him in the past and that he had been, for all intents and purposes, civil. 

But it appears Hijazi had been leading a double life: the Israel Security Agency (ISA), or Shin Bet, is now stating (10:45 am IST) that Hijazi was likely responsible for August's shooting attack on a soldier near Hebrew University on Mount Scopus, after police found and examined the scooter used in both incidents. 

Hijazi had even specifically sought out Glick, checking extensively where and when he would be speaking before striking, according to Channel 10

Police are currently investigating how the restaurant could have missed Hijazi's criminal record before hiring him. 

Glick - who founded and heads the LIBA Initiative for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount - was shot in the chest on Wednesday night outside the Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem, after the Hijazi pulled up in a motorcycle or scooter and confirmed his identity before shooting. 

He had been speaking, minutes before being shot, at an event for Jewish rights on the Temple Mount that had hosted leading religious figures and MKs. Likud MK Moshe Feiglin with with Glick as he was shot. 

Earlier Thursday, Israeli Special Forces (Yamam) eliminated 32 year-old Islamic Jihad terrorist Mu’taz Hijazi of Abu Tor in East Jerusalem, the prime suspect in the shooting, after he resisted arrest. 

Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack shortly thereafter, saying it was "vengeance for what is going on in Jerusalem" against Arab rioting. 



3. Abbas Says Closing Temple Mount 'A Declaration of War'

by Tova Dvorin

Israel's closure of the Temple Mount to all visitors - Jews and Muslims alike - following the shooting of Temple Mount rights advocate Yehuda Glick  is tantamount to a "declaration of war," Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas stated Thursday. 

"This dangerous Israeli escalation is a declaration of war on the Palestinian people and its sacred places and on the Arab and Islamic nation," his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina quoted him as saying.

"We hold the Israeli government responsible for this dangerous escalation in Jerusalem that has reached its peak through the closure of the Al-Aqsa mosque [Temple Mount - ed.] this morning," he told AFP.

Abbas's spokesman also claimed that closing the Mount for security reasons - not repeated claims by Palestinian leaders that Israel is "waging war" on Arab rioters - is leading to escalation. 

"This decision is a dangerous act and a blatant challenge that will lead to more tension and instability and will create a negative and dangerous atmosphere," he said.

"The state of Palestine will take all legal measures to hold Israel accountable and to stop these ongoing attacks."

Glick - who founded and heads the LIBA Initiative for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount - was shot in the chest on Wednesday night outside the Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem, after the shooter pulled up in a motorcycle or scooter and confirmed his identity before shooting. 

He had been speaking, minutes before being shot, at an event for Jewish rights on the Temple Mount that had hosted leading religious figures and MKs. Likud MK Moshe Feiglin with with Glick as he was shot. 

Earlier Thursday, Israeli Special Forces (Yamam) eliminated 32 year-old Islamic Jihad terrorist Mu’taz Hijazi of Abu Tor in East Jerusalem, the prime suspect in the shooting, after he resisted arrest. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack shortly thereafter, saying it was "vengeance for what is going on in Jerusalem," referring to police efforts to tackle ongoing Arab rioting. 

Incitement to intifada

Two weeks ago, Abbas called for Palestinian Arabs to stop Jews from ascending the Temple Mount - Judaism's holiest site - "by all means." 

"It is not enough to say the settlers came, but they must be barred from entering the compound by any means. This is our Aqsa... and they have no right to enter it and desecrate it," Abbas said, calling the Jews "a herd of cattle." 

Abbas's remarks were roundly condemned by Israeli officials as clear incitement to violence, sparking new rounds of lawlessness in an already-tense situation in Jerusalem.

They were only the latest such remarks by the PA leader, who has repeatedly called for violence in Jerusalem.

But on Wednesday night - shortly before Glick was shot - Abbas insisted to Israel media that he "was not calling for an intifada." 

"We do not want an intifada," Abbas claimed. "We are not calling for an intifada."

"If we were calling for an intifada, we would have done so during the fifty days of Operation Protective Edge [in Gaza]," Abbas added. "Prime Minister [Binyamin] Netanyahu has forgotten that during those 50 days, not one bullet was fired from the West Bank [Judea and Samaria - ed.]"



4. Netanyahu Slams International 'Hypocrisy' over Glick Shooting

by Tova Dvorin

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has issued a public response to the attempt on Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick's life Thursday, calling out the international community and the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the process for "hypocrisy" regarding incitement. 

"I would like to send my best wishes for a full and quick recovery to Yehuda Glick, who is now fighting for his life," Netanyahu began. "I would also like to commend the ISA and the Israel Police for quickly solving this act of terrorism." 

Glick - who founded and heads the LIBA Initiative for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount - was shot in the chest on Wednesday night outside the Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem, after the shooter pulled up in a motorcycle or scooter and confirmed his identity before shooting. He had been speaking, minutes before being shot, at an event for Jewish rights on the Temple Mount that had hosted leading religious figures and MKs. Likud MK Moshe Feiglin with with Glick as he was shot. 

'The international community needs to stop its hypocrisy'

Netanyahu then turned to the international community, which has remained silent after the shooting and in the face of a major upswing in violence in the capital over the past several months. 

"A few days ago, I said that we were facing a wave of incitement by radical Islamic elements and by Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas - ed.] who said that Jews must be prevented from going up to the Temple Mount by any means possible," he continued.

"I still have not heard from the international community so much as one word of condemnation for these inflammatory remarks. The international community needs to stop its hypocrisy and take action against inciters, against those who try to change the status quo."

Abbas stated, minutes before Netanyahu spoke, that closing the Temple Mount Thursday following the attack was a "declaration of war." 

Two weeks ago, Abbas called for Palestinian Arabs to stop Jews from ascending the Temple Mount - Judaism's holiest site - "by all means." 

"It is not enough to say the settlers came, but they must be barred from entering the compound by any means. This is our Aqsa... and they have no right to enter it and desecrate it," Abbas said, calling the Jews "a herd of cattle." 

Abbas's remarks were roundly condemned by Israeli officials as clear incitement to violence, sparking new rounds of lawlessness in an already-tense situation in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu, specifically, had called out Abbas on the statements, after Hamas terrorist Abdelrahman Shaludeh rammed his car into a pedestrian walkway just a few days later, killing a three month-old baby girl and a seminary student and wounding 7 others. 

Stepping up security

The prime minister added that he has stepped up security reinforcements throughout Jerusalem.

"I have ordered significant reinforcements so that we can maintain both security in Jerusalem and the status quo in the holy places," he said. "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," he concluded. "We must be level-headed and act with determination and responsibility, and so we shall."

Earlier Thursday, Israeli Special Forces (Yamam) eliminated 32 year-old Islamic Jihad terrorist Mu’taz Hijazi of Abu Tor in East Jerusalem, the prime suspect in the shooting, after he resisted arrest. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack shortly thereafter, saying it was "vengeance for what is going on in Jerusalem," referring to police efforts to tackle ongoing Arab rioting. 

Terror attacks in Jerusalem have swelled from 200 attacks to 5,000 monthly since July, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat revealed earlier this week.

Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Zahar declared the attacks a "third intifada" on Saturday, and called on Palestinian Arabs to join. 

Several of the biggest attacks recently, including the Jerusalem light rail attack and the shooting, have been claimed by terror organizations to be "in response to the war on Palestinians in Jerusalem." 



5. Liberman Issues Biting Response to Sweden Palestine Recognition

by Ari Soffer

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman denounced the Swedish government's official recognition of a "Palestinian state" as "deplorable" Thursday, saying it would undermine efforts to resolve the conflict.

"The decision of the Swedish government to recognize a Palestinian state is a deplorable decision which only strengthens extremist elements and Palestinian rejectionism," Israel's top diplomat said in a statement.

 "It is a shame that the Swedish government chose to take this declarative step which causes a lot of harm and offers no advantage," he said,

In a dig at Stockholm's left-wing government, he added: "The Swedish government must understand that relations in the Middle East are a lot more complex than the self-assembly furniture of IKEA and that they have to act with responsibility and sensitivity."

Earlier, Liberman's Swedish counterpart Margot Wallstrom told the Dagens Nyheter  paper: "Today the government takes the decision to recognize the state of Palestine."

"It is an important step that confirms the Palestinians' right to self-determination," she said, adding that "we hope that this will show the way for others."

He added that "the government considers that international law criteria for recognition of a Palestinian state have been fulfilled."

he move came after recently-elected Prime Minister Stefan Loefven announced in early October that his country would become the first EU member-state in western Europe to recognize "Palestine",  in his inaugural address to parliament.

The Palestinian Authority immediately hailed Thursday's developments.

"President [Mahmoud] Abbas welcomes Sweden's decision," spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP, saying the Palestinian leader described the move as "brave and historic." 

"This decision comes as a response to Israeli measures in Jerusalem," he said.

Abbas called for other countries to follow Sweden's lead.

"All countries of the world that are still hesitant to recognize our right to an independent Palestinian state based on 1967 borders, with east Jerusalem as its capital, (should) follow Sweden's lead," his spokesman quoted him as saying.

Israel has long insisted that the Palestinians can only receive a state through direct negotiations and not through other diplomatic channels.

Seven EU members in eastern European and the Mediterranean have already recognized a Palestinian state - Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Poland and Romania. Non-EU member Iceland is the only other western European nation to have done so.

The United States cautioned Sweden against recognition, calling it "premature" and saying the Palestinian state could only come through a negotiated solution between Israelis and Palestinians.

AFP contributed to this report.



6. Doctors Say Yehuda Glick's Life Still in Danger

by Moshe Cohen

Dr. Ofer Merin, deputy head of Shaare Tzedek Hospital, said at a press conference Thursday that Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick was in stable condition, but that his situation was still dangerous – even precarious.

“What we see today is a stabilization in the two main areas – blood pressure and lungs,” Merin said.

“We are not going to move him. Our plans for him for the rest of today are to keep him in intensive care, and if things continue to go well G-d willing we will do some blood tests on Friday to see what the full range of problems are. If things remain stable we will also conduct an operation on his stomach to repair rips in that organ.

“Luckily we have stopped the hemorrhaging. However I want to stress that he is still in very serious condition, and that his life is still in danger,” Merin continued.

“It is not an immediate danger, at least in the next few hours, and as long as we keep the internal bleeding down. His lungs were badly damaged and we had to remove a portion of one of his lungs. He is going to need a great deal of lung and blood rehabilitation. As long as we can keep him stable there is hope for improvement,” he added.

Glick - who founded and heads the LIBA Initiative for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount  was deliberately targeted for nationalistic reasons. Security forces killed an Islamic Jihad terrorist, a resident of Abu Tor in East Jerusalem, on Thursday morning, on suspicion that he was involved in the shooting of Glick.

Glick was shot outside Jerusalem's Begin Center, which had been hosting an event to help in efforts to re-establish a greater Jewish presence on the Mount Wednesday night. He was rushed to Sha'arei Tzedek Medical Center for immediate medical treatment and remains in serious condition.



7. Slomiansky: Shame on Employers Who Hire Terrorists

by Moshe Cohen

In the wake of the shooting of Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick, MK Nissan Slomiansky (Jewish Home) said that he would file a bill with the Knesset making it illegal to employ convicted terrorists.

Glick's shooter, according to reports, was an Islamic Jihad terrorist who had been imprisoned in Israel for a number of crimes – and was employed at the Begin Center, the venue where Glick was shot Wednesday.

“I call on all business owners to stop employing released terrorists,” Slomiansky said. “As we saw again Wednesday night, these people will continue to attack and kill Jews at every opportunity. Employers who seek to give them a 'second chance' are in reality setting the stage for wide-scale terror attacks, giving the terrorists motive, and especially opportunity, to carry out attacks.”

The only solution, Slomiansky said, was to ban the practice altogether. “I will be filing a bill that will require the state to publicize the name and personal details of convicted terrorists who are released from prison, along with the type of crime they committed. Thus an employer will be able to avoid hiring these dangerous people, and give the appropriate people an opportunity to return to society,” he said.

32 year-old Islamic Jihad terrorist Mu'taz Hijazi, the Islamic Jihad terrorist responsible for the attempted murder of Temple Mount rights activist Yehuda Glick, was released from prison in 2012, after serving 11 months for terrorism against Jews. He was an employee at the Terasa restaurant, located inside the Begin Heritage Center where Glick was talking moments before he was shot outside the building.

Arutz Sheva reached out to the Terasa restaurant for clarification as to how a convicted terrorist could be employed there, but the restaurant refused to issue a response.

Upon his release, he made the following remarks. "I am happy to return to Jerusalem. I wish to be a thorn in the throat of the Zionist plan to Judaize Jerusalem."



8. Watch: Glick Speaks Moments Before Shooting

by Arutz Sheva

Just moments before he was shot and seriously wounded, Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick spoke on Wednesday evening at a conference at the Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem.

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Glick spoke of this week’s Torah portion, Lech Lecha, in which G-d tells Abraham to leave his native land and his father’s house for a land that G-d would show him, promising him to make of him a great nation, bless him, make his name great, bless those who blessed him, and curse those who cursed him.

Glick equated the words of the Torah portion with the work of those Jewish activists who ascend the Temple Mount and who call for it to be opened for unrestricted Jewish prayer.



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