Police Ignored Mounting Threats Against Rabbi Yehuda Glick


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glickAs Har Habayis activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick continues fighting for his life in Shaare Zedek Hospital in Yerushalayim, it has been learned that Jerusalem Police were aware of mounting threats against him but chose not to act.

Following the attempted assassination against Glick senior police officials have released statements that Glick never filed complains of threats against him – clearly scrambling to cover themselves.

What has been learned since the shooting is that two months ago, Glick and an associate met with police official Chief Superintendent Avi Biton to discuss the ongoing harassment endured by Jews on Har Habayis. Glick documented how Jewish visitors are regularly harassed by these men who await their arrival, which in the past included verbal abuse, cursing at them and even physical assault.

Biton agreed with Glick, stating the situation was unacceptable, then speaking with him and explaining he understands in the eyes of the Arabs, he is a “red sheet” and his presence and activities resulted in police receiving intelligence information that there are those who wish to harm him. Biton did not detail the threat, and Maariv reports Glick was not surprised to hear about the threats. “I get them (threats) on my Facebook page daily” he told Biton, adding “My life is threatened daily”.

Biton met with the Arab men (Almoravids – (מוראביטון and asked them “what bothers you with the Jews visiting?” Biton told Glick they responded that Glick’s visiting Har Habayis four or five times daily was “a provocation and a red line”. Biton was not surprised. He explained that he reads Arabic and seeing what is printed in the Arabic media daily was all the information he required. Despite all of this, police did nothing. Biton was aware the newspapers wrote that Glick visits Har Habayis on Tuesdays, four or five times and how the Arabic media writes Glick’s Tuesday visits are “to provoke us and he talks about the Beis Hamikdash and how the Muslims must be thrown off the area”.

Friends and supporters of Glick feel police were well aware of the threats and the fact that Yehuda Glick was marked by the Arabs yet preferred to ignore the dangers and continue with business as usual.

MK Shuli Muallem is harassed on Har Habayis:

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)