It’s a clickbait title, I know. But this incident really is so unbelievable that such a headline is warranted.
Former Member of Knesset Yehudah Glick was wrestled to the ground and forcibly removed from the Temple Mount on Tuesday for the most petty of reasons.
“He created provocation by walking too slowly.”
That according to police officers who accompanied (trailed) Glick as he gave a tour of the Temple Mount to two visiting US congressmen, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA).
Absolute holy morning on the holiest site to the Jewish people, the Temple Mount, holy to many others as well. I am blessed to experience this moment together with Congressmen @Jim_Jordan & @RepMikeJohnson The USA & Israel working together to make the world a better place for all pic.twitter.com/heFOadP8By
— Avi Abelow (@AviAbelow) February 18, 2020
Later that night, detectives showed up at Glick’s home to conduct a surprise search, claiming that he had stolen documents from his investigation folder while being detained.
Glick posted photos of the police harassment on Twitter.
באיפור של הילדה במכונת הכביסה pic.twitter.com/Oj59IF2S4n
— yehudah glick (@YehudahGlick) February 18, 2020
Glick today heads the Shalom Jerusalem Foundation, and works for “humans rights and religious freedom on the Temple Mount.”
In 2014, Glick was the target of a nearly-successful assassination attempt over his efforts to legalize Jewish prayer atop Judaism’s holiest site.
It remains illegal for Jews (or Christians) to make any outward religious expressions while visiting the Muslim-occupied Temple Mount. Even moving one’s lips in what could be taken for silent prayers is grounds for arrest.
Glick is seen by the Police and left-wing political movements as a provocateur for his insistence that Israel extend application of its laws pertaining to religious freedom to the Temple Mount.
He insists that Tuesday’s shameful behavior by Israeli authorities had only hardened his resolve. “The discrimination against Jews on the Mount has reached a tipping point, and the time has come to stop it. I am going to continue fighting for ‘Temple Mount for all,’ he told The Jerusalem Post.