Yehuda Glick Shooting: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Yehuda Glick Shot

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.

According to the Times of Israel, his lecture was called “Israel Returns to the Temple Mount.” The event was attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s brother-in-law, Hagal Ben Artzi.

Here’s a video of Glick debating his position on Israel’s return to the Temple Mount:

Debate between Bashar Iraqi and Yehudah Glick about the temple mountainDebate between Bashar Iraqi " advisor to MK Esawo Frej & director of Darna non-profit and settler Yehudah Glick about the temple mountain.2014-03-04T09:50:59.000Z

2. The Gunman Was Riding a Motorcycle

A member of the IDF securing the area around where Glick was shot. (Getty)

A member of the IDF securing the area around where Glick was shot. (Getty)

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’

The IDF are searching for a suspect. (Getty)

The IDF are searching for a suspect. (Getty)

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

In August, Glick was banned from the Temple Mount because of his constant praying at the site, which is against Israeli law, reports the Jewish Press.

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.

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