New York, NY, October 30, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed shock at last night’s premeditated shooting of Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick, who remains in serious condition in a Jerusalem hospital. According to reports, a man wearing a motorcycle helmet asked Glick for his identity outside the Begin Center in Jerusalem, where Glick had just finished speaking, and then proceeded to shoot him multiple times at close range.
ADL also condemned as “inflammatory and irresponsible” comments made by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who called Israel’s decision to close the Temple Mount / Al-Aqsa Mosque area as a security precaution a “declaration of war.”
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
We are shocked by the premeditated assassination attempt of Yehuda Glick, an apparent effort by a Palestinian terrorist. This attack further destabilizes the tense situation between Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem.
President Abbas’s inflammatory and irresponsible statement following Israel’s decision to close off the Temple Mount / Al-Aqsa Mosque area, and his failure to condemn the shooting of Yehuda Glick, only serve to further fan the flames of this already volatile situation between Israel and the Palestinians. Mr. Abbas’ statements are nothing less than irresponsible. At the time of heightened tension, Israel’s decision to temporarily close access to the Temple Mount/Al-Aqsa Mosque area on security grounds is legitimate.
We note that there have been some Israeli calls for revenge actions, and we urge Israeli law enforcement to ensure calm.