Yehuda Glick Begins to Communicate with Family

Temple Mount activist, who was shot last week, has begun to communicate with 'Yes' and 'No' nods, but is still on respirator.

Cynthia Blank ,

Yehuda Glick
Yehuda Glick
Flash 90

Yehuda Glick's medical condition continues to improve Thursday.

The activist for Jewish rights on the Temple Mount has been hospitalized at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for a week, since an Arab terrorist tried to assassinate him last Wednesday.

Army Radio reported, and Glick's son Haggai told Walla! News that Glick had begun to communicate with relatives. "My father replied with nods of 'Yes and No' to questions last night and this morning," he said. 

However, the activist is still on a respirator and his condition continues to be defined as serious. Additionally, because of the intense pain he is in when awake, doctors have increased dosages of anesthetic. 

Glick was shot in the chest last week outside the Begin Center in Jerusalem. He has undergone several surgeries since then, and although still serious, his condition has stabilized. Prof. Petachia Reissman, director of the surgical department at Shaare Zedek, said that doctors were hoping to be able to wake him up gradually.

Shaare Zedek Medical Center confirmed the improvement in Glick's condition, stating that "Yehuda Glick began to communicate to some extent with his surroundings and to recognize those around him. However, he is still in an advanced drug-induced state."

On Monday Army Radio played recordings indicating that the police were clearly aware of the threats made against Yehuda Glick, despite their claims that Glick never filed a complaint about the threats.

The recordings revealed Col. Avi Biton, Commander of the Jerusalem Police's David Precinct, telling Glick "I see what the other side thinks; I see what the other side writes. OK, by the way, you have been warned here. You've been warned to avoid getting hurt. We did, after all, have some intelligence information that someone wants to hurt you."

Arnon Segal, a journalist and activist also associated with the struggle for Jewish rights on the Temple Mount, said Glick has been receiving death threats for a long time, but they have significantly increased in the last three months with rising tension in Jerusalem. He added that many of the threats have come via Facebook, and that the police have done far from enough in this case. 

"Rather than address the issue, [police] gave a prize to terrorism and the situation has just grown and gotten worse," he said to Walla! News. "If this tragedy was not enough to correct the wrongs against Jews on the Temple Mount, then I guess the authorities will wake up only after the next disaster."