Yehuda Glick Left Without Security Detail

December 1, 2014  

Temple Mount rights activist Yehuda Glick’s official security detail ended after he left Shaarei Tzedek hospital in Jerusalem – despite the attempt made on his life in October and the revelation recently of an additional attack planned against him. 

Glick’s friend and current acting bodyguard, Amir Ohana, spoke about the phenomenon to Arutz Sheva, stating Monday that a group of young men trained in self-defense have volunteered to guard Glick instead. But Ohana also slammed the police’s lack of foresight in the decision.

“There is no question whether or not Yehuda is threatened,” Ohana said. “Threats against him are on all the Palestinian websites, and proof of that is on Yehuda’s body [wounds from the attack – ed.].” 

“There is no better proof of this than his gunshot wounds,” he added. “Glick is certainly threatened, so we dedicated a group of people to secure him.” 

Ohana has traveled to the capital from Tel Aviv specifically to ensure Glick’s safety, as the activist still recovers from four gunshot wounds to the chest.

Ohana noted that while he views the task as an obligation and privilege, he still would prefer to see the authorities be competent enough to take responsibility for Glick’s safety in light of the many threats on his life. 

Glick – who founded and heads the LIBA Initiative for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount – was shot in the chest on October 29 outside the Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem. The shooter, Islamic Jihad terrorist and convict Mua’taz Hijazi, pulled up in a motorcycle or scooter, and confirmed Glick’s identity before shooting. 

He had been speaking, minutes before being shot, at an event for Jewish rights on the Temple Mount that had hosted leading religious figures and MKs. 

Prior to the attack he had been repeatedly targeted in an online hate campaign, which has since threatened other Temple Mount activists. 

Last week, the Jerusalem District Court revealed that a separate attack on Glick had been planned for October 30 – one day after he was shot. 

An expose by Galei Yisrael shortly after the attack implied that the police did, in fact, know about the threats to Glick’s life before the attack. 

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