Netanyahu: Wild attack on Yehuda Glick

PM Netanyahu expresses regret over death of autistic Arab man, says killing does not justify attack on former MK.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Yehuda Glick
Yehuda Glick
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu expressed regret at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday morning over the death of Iyad al-Halak, an autistic Arab who was shot in Jerusalem after police mistook him for a terrorist.

Netanyahu addressed the difficult event, saying, "It's a tragedy.This was a man with disabilities, with autism, who was unjustly suspected."

Netanyahu turned to Minister Ohana: "I know that you are doing the investigation. We are all sharing in the grief of the family. The entire Israeli public and the entire Israeli government embrace them, and we look forward to your full investigation."

"Of course it does not justify the wild attack on Yehuda Glick. I am sure that this will be the case here as well," the Prime Minister added.

This morning, Former Likud MK Yehudah Glick gave an interview with Benny Teitelbaum of Kan News on the assault he was subjected to when he visited al-Hayak's family to pay a condolence call.

"I'm happy I'm alive," Glick said. "It was a group of twenty thirty violent and murderous people who tried to murder me, and G-d saved me."

Glick recounted the attack. "I am the chairman of a nonprofit that I set up in the name of the peace of Jerusalem, which we are really trying to promote throughout the world peace and interpersonal discourse."

"I was very shocked last week by the incident where police killed a person with disabilities and came to express my condolences as one human being to another," he said. "Unfortunately, when I entered the comfort tent, one of the family members stood up and asked me what my name was. I told him 'Yehuda Glick', so he told me I was not welcome there."

"I told him I respected that and I came out and then something pretty surreal happened," he noted. "I got up and then a woman came up and told me 'You are not wanted because you are a man of hate and violence and this is a house of love and peace.' She had not finished her sentence when about ten guys led by a black uniformed commander entered and just overwhelmed me with their blows."

He described the harsh violence directed at him. "They pushed me down the stairs, that means twenty-five steps, and just didn't stop kicking, punching, slamming and hitting for about one hundred and fifty meters, until I was fortunate enough to reach the fire station at the end of the street, but they did everything in their power [to cause me harm]."

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