Arabs Dance in the Street, Celebrating Shooting

Arabs in Jerusalem danced in the streets and handed out sweets, expressing great joy over the attempted murder of Yehuda Glick.

Yaakov Levi ,

Arab rioting in Jerusalem
Arab rioting in Jerusalem
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Arabs in Jerusalem danced in the streets and handed out sweets, expressing great joy over the attempted murder of Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick Wednesday night. “May Allah bless the shooter,” passerby told Israeli reporters, while while celebratory fireworks went off in the background and music was played.

According to sources in the Jerusalem Arab community, the shooting of Glick was a good example of a new method of terrorism that will be used increasingly against Israelis – low-organization, largely unplanned attacks against convenient targets. This method would be much harder to prevent, and police will be unable to prevent attacks in advance, they said.

“We are all happy about the shooting,” wrote one community activist and convicted terrorist in Jerusalem on his Facebook page. “May the shooter be blessed and merit great things for his action,” another. “Who will be the next to redeem the honor of Palestinians and punish the Zionists,” a third wrote.

The fact that recent incidents, like the plowing of a car into a group of pedestrians at a Jerusalem train station last week, are being done spontaneously, are all due to the Temple Mount issue, and should show Israelis just how sensitive the matter is for Arabs. “It is difficult for an individual to undertake an attack like the shooting without help, and the fact that the shooter did it shows how desperate we are becoming on this,” said one Arab community activist.

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 MedicalCenter for immediate medical treatment and remains in serious condition.