Report: Islamist Web Sites Targeted Glick

Terrorist who shot Yehuda Glick likely inspired by Islamist web sites; father says complaints to police over incitement were ignored.

Moshe Cohen ,

Islamic Jihad caimed the shooting
Islamic Jihad caimed the shooting

A report Thursday said that the shooter who seriously injured Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick was an Islamic Jihad terrorist who worked at a restaurant inside Jerusalem's Begin Center. Glick was shot outside the Center late Wednesday after a conference on increasing the Jewish presence on the Temple Mount.

The shooter, police said, acted spontaneously – and reports Wednesday night said that he may have guided to shoot Glick by Islamist-run web sites that urged Arabs to protest or otherwise interfere with Wednesday night's conference.

Glick's photos were prominently display on the sites, with his image circled in red, and a notation pointing out that he was a “settlement leader.” The site said that it was Glick who was planning a “mass invasion” of the Temple Mount which would bring tens of thousands of Jews to the site, and that he was behind a plan to eliminate Muslims from the Mount altogether.

Speaking to reporters Thursday, Professor Shimon Glick, Yehuda's father, said that his son had complained to police of threats against his life “many times,” but had been ignored. In response to his comments, police said that they had “no record” of any complaints by Yehuda Glick.

Matan Peleg, director of the Im Tirzu Zionist student group, said that “the Temple Mount is and remains the symbol and test of the imposition of Israeli sovereignty on Jerusalem. After weeks of incitement by the far left and Islamists, we have to say that it was very clear that the writing was on the wall for an incident like this. We call on the Israeli government to immediately put a stop to incitement and terror.”

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.