AFSI mission, Freedman at center.
AFSI mission, Freedman at center. Courtesy Helen Freedman

Yehuda Glick's son was allowed to pray for his father's health on the Temple Mount Monday, according to an eyewitness. Yehuda Glick was shot at point blank range Wednesday by a Muslim would-be assassin, who resented Glick's activity in service of the idea of Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount.

Americans for a Safe Israel joined Rabbi Chaim Richman, International Director of the Temple Institute, on a tour of the Temple Mount Monday.

“Our access required the usual passport checks and security pat down,” AFSI Director Helen Freedman told Arutz Sheva. “My bracelet reading 'har habayit b'yadeinu' – Hebrew for 'the Temple Mount is in our hands' – was confiscated as a possible item of incitement.

“Israeli guards accompanied us throughout, as did a Waqf member,” Freedman related. “Arabs photographed us very openly as we proceeded around the Mount.

“It was an especially touching moment when Yehuda Glick's son appeared on the Mount, barefoot, and was allowed to pray for his father. Obviously, the prohibition against Jews praying on the Mount was lifted for this emergency situation.

Freedman observed: “The heavy Jewish security presence on the Temple Mount, and the resulting quiet, is testimony to the fact that the Israeli police are capable of controlling the Arab violence and stone-throwings on the Mount. They simply must be allowed to carry out the law. At a minimum, this has to be the ongoing situation.”

Glick's son prays on Mount
Glick's son prays on Mount Janet Lehr,
Janet Lehr,