Last year, Palestinian terrorists attempted to assassinate Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick and precisely one year later, his car was stoned and he was miraculously spared.
Glick posted on his Facebook page: “On Oct. 29, 2014, at 10:04 PM, I survived an assassination attempt on my life, and one year, one hour and one minute later, on Oct. 29, 2015, at 11:05 PM I was saved from thrown rocks. A rock hit the window next to me with great power, luckily the tzadik (righteous) Ram Hacohen was driving, and because of his merit we only sustained damage to the metal. Blessed be He who does not remove his kindly giving from me even for a moment. (To all the commenters — It was the Arabs who went by the Gregorian, not I.)”
On October 29, 2014, following a presentation that Glick, founder of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, had given at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, on the importance of maintaining a Jewish presence on the Temple Mount, terrorist Mutaz Hijazi rode up to Glick on a motorcycle, said, “I’m terribly sorry, but you are an enemy of Al Aqsa,” and shot Glick four times at point blank range.
Glick’s claim to fame as enemy of the early eighth century mosque standing at the Temple Mount Compound, probably stems from his years of leading groups of Jews on walks on the Temple Mount, and his being arrested repeatedly while praying, walking and filming videos in the same place. on October 2013, Glick began a hunger strike to protest a police ban on his entry to the compound, resulting in the police removing the ban after 12 days. An Israeli court awarded Glick damages for two wrongful arrests that took place as he attempted to film officials denying entry to the Temple Mount to Jews dressed in visibly religious clothing. Those are the prerequisites for being an enemy of Al-Aqsa.
Police traced the shooting suspect, Mutaz Hijazi, to the mixed Arab/Jewish neighborhood of Abu Tor. Israeli police said their attempts at an arrest were met by gunfire, which resulted in Hijazi’s death.
On October 18, Glick held a public event at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, to give thanks for surviving the assassination attempt at the same location.
Thursday night, a few hours after his life had been spared one more time, Glick mused on his Facebook page: “Sometimes I wonder: those demanding of us this week to do a public soul-searching, because we are the reason Rabin was murdered; and do a soul searching because murders of the present wave of terror attacks happened because of those who ascend the Temple Mount — why are they doing their own soul searching for the Oslo Accords and the horrific attacks were followed only secretly, behind closed doors, without anyone knowing about it?”
For a man just escaping two assassination attempts on both ends of one year, this was the ultimate understatement.
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