Prominent American-born Israeli activist Yehuda Glick was shot in the chest in Jerusalem on the night of October 29. Multiple reports on Twitter have described the shooting as an assassination attempt.
The Jerusalem Post described Glick as a “well-known right-wing activist.”
Here’s what we know so far:
1. He Had Just Finished a Lecture When He Was Shot
Glick was gunned down as he was leaving the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem, Israel. He had just finished a lecture when the gunfire erupted. The rabbi was shot in the head, neck, chest and hand.
Here’s a video of Glick debating his position on Israel’s return to the Temple Mount:
2. The Gunman Was Riding a Motorcycle
Police are looking for two assailants who are riding a motorcycle. Activist Daniel Seidemann described the shooting as a “very dangerous escalation. This looks very bad indeed.” No arrests have been made. The Times of Israel reports that after the lecture, a man “with an Arabic accent” approached Glick and asked his name, after a brief exchange, shots rang out. Police later confirmed that Glick was targeted in the attack and that detectives were looking into the possibility that the attack was carried about by a Palestinian.
Tel-Aviv based reporter Mori Rothman-Zecher tweeted that there are “helicopters throughout the skies” as the search for the shooter goes on.
3. Glick Was Rushed to Hospital
Glick is in serious condition in hospital. The Jerusalem Post reports that he’s being treated at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center. He has undergone surgery and is being stabilized.
4. Glick Spends His Time ‘Preparing for the Arrival of the Messiah’
Glick is the Executive Director of the Temple Institute. According to his bio on the Miracle of Israel website, Glick “spends most of every day preparing for the arrival of the Messiah in Israel.”
5. Glick Is Never Far From Controversy
His ban came despite the fact that he’s a licensed tour-guide and was bringing a group to the site, where, according to myths, God created the dust to make Adam.