Police cordon of the scene of Jerusalem shoot
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The mother of prominent Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick, who was gunned down in an assassination attempt last night in the center of Jerusalem, has told Arutz Sheva that her son is responsive, despite being in serious condition at Jerusalem's Shaare Tzedek hospital.

Speaking from inside the hospital, Brenda Glick said her son, who is sedated after undergoing emergency surgery, responded to doctors and held her hand and moved his legs when she visited him Thursday morning.

"He's not pale, he's got color," she said hopefully.

Talking about Yehuda, who made aliyah with his family 40 years ago, she described him as someone with "a fantastic sense of humor." 

"He's always been... a giving person - that's the trait that characterizes him," she said.

Yehuda is a popular figure among Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site. The veteran activist for Jewish prayer rights on the Mount is a former director of the Temple Institute, and currently heads the LIBA Institute for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount. He regularly led tours at the site, and is well-known for his passionate and jovial personality.

Although targeted by Islamist extremists for advocating in favor of Jewish prayer rights on the site, Glick has made an effort to reach out to moderate Muslims as well as Jews.

Just a few months ago he took part in an impromptu joint prayer for peace - in Arabic and Hebrew - much to the mixed amusement and delight of several elderly Muslim worshipers.

Glick was shot three times by an attacker - believed to be 32-year-old Mu'taz Hijazi from Abu-Tor in Jerusalem - who sped off immediately on a motorbike.

Hijazi was killed in a shootout with police several hours after the attack.