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October 31, 2014

They Tried to Assassinate the Man to Kill an Idea Whose Time has Come

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Yehuda Glick will likely be branded as a right wing extremist, a fanatically religious extremist, anti-Palestinian, an impediment to peace, a Temple Mount extremist demanding this area held holy by three major religions be restricted for only Jews, a heretic who is setting the Middle East on fire and virtually any lie they can believably attempt to sell to make his assassination attempt appear to be deserved. Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick was not any of these things, he was a man who advocated for religious freedom for the Temple Mount and to permit everybody to pray and worship as they see fit without fear of arrest or being banned from visiting the Temple Mount simply to satisfy the Islamic Waqf which is governed from Amman, Jordan. The Islamic Waqf enforces the restriction allowing solely Muslim prayers on the Temple Mount and forbids even the carrying or wearing of religious items on the Temple Mount as they could offend Muslim sensitivities. For his efforts to establish freedom of religion for all at one of the most universal religious locations on Earth Yehuda Glick was shot three times in the torso and lies in intensive care awaiting prayed for stabilization sufficient to permit further surgeries to mend the torn and punctured organs. Yehuda Glick needs the prayers of the world now as all the surgeons and physicians were able to accomplish was to control his bleeding, both internal and external, and stabilize him at the cusp between life and death as of this writing. The truth is the fight which Yehuda Glick struggle against placed his life on the line as he saw the real importance and full implications of his fight as it is the struggle to safeguard the right of religions other than Islam to exist in this world and be regarded as having equal rights and equal space. He was fighting on a significant though small scale of the war for the survival of Judaism and Christianity against the hegemonic and exclusionary threats from Islam, particularly extremist Islam such as the attitude that only Islamic prayers be allowed on the Temple Mount today, and in Jerusalem later and eventually, should Islamic active leaders who hold the positions of power have their way, having Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shinto and any religion other than Islam or even those who claim no religious preference from being forced into Islam or face death by the sword as commanded by the Quran and Sharia.

 

What was the most disgusting reality which has been proven today has been the lack of concern or even mention on much of the mainstream media and political talk shows about this attempted assassination in the heart of Jerusalem which was the first actual shots in the war for the rights to have any religious freedom in Jerusalem or face Jerusalem being made the third Islamic holy city after Mecca and Medina and like them becoming forbidden place for any other than Muslims. The struggle for dominion over the Temple Mount is the central struggle for Jerusalem and eventually all of Israel and then Europe and the Americas and then the remainder of the world. This is the fight which animated Yehuda Glick and the driving force which will hopefully also allow him with the help of G0d to not just survive this horrid assault but to thrive and return to his life’s quest with renewed vigor and even more intensity, if such is even possible. May the assassination attempt on Temple Mount activist and realist win him thousands of supporters for every minute his life straddles the cusp between life and death and may the new support for his struggle also benefit his fight to live and once again be with his family and friends and return to walk and pray freely and openly on the Temple Mount. May his vision of a Synagogue at the least and the rebuilt Temple as must be his dream as it is mine and millions of Jews throughout the world as we have held that desire sacred over the centuries since the Roman sacking of the Temple and Jerusalem the year 70.

 

This wanton act of hatred has disturbed me greatly even though I have never had the privilege or pleasure to have met and shared a discussion concerning his dream and life’s driving quest. The respect I have for the public effort and stand Yehuda Glick has pressed for all of his recent life is boundless which makes the lack of concern or even mention his attempted assassination has caused beyond Israel. There has been no denunciation from United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the one leader who can always be counted amongst those who will denounce Israel using the slightest of force to end rioting and rock assaults upon Israeli commuters along any Israeli road which passes by numerous Arab neighborhoods around Jerusalem and beyond. There has been no concern from European Union Foreign Secretary the Lady Catherine Ashton who routinely condemns Israel. No wishes for a recovery or concerns coming from heads of state from every corner of the globe. There has been nothing from President Obama or Secretary of State Kerry other than the unnamed administration source according to Jeffrey Goldberg who slurred Prime Minister Netanyahu as coward using the most egregious and base slang terminology.

 

There were comments from Jordan’s Islamic affairs minister, Hayel Daoud, who accused Israel of “state terrorism” for closing the Temple Mount for a few hours immediately after the assassination attempt which occurred in the relative proximity. Then there was the Arab street across the Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem who danced in the streets handing out sweets and candies celebrating the attempted assassination of a Jewish leader. Meanwhile, Mahmoud Abbas released a press release denouncing Israel for the instigating of violence and destructions on the Temple Mount and throughout Jerusalem, a usual action taken by Abbas every time there are any acts which might reflect poorly on Palestinians should they receive coverage such as the assassination attempt. This tactic has proven very effective as any articles begin with the Abbas denunciation of the Israelis and paints any rioting or acts of violence as honest reaction to whatever Abbas was referencing. There is no verification of Abbas and his charges but they are transmitted around the world before any coverage contrary to the blame Israel complaints from Abbas reach the media making it always to appear as if Israel is reacting to claims against their phantasmal extremist acts. There was the statement from Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu who stated, “I would like to send my best wishes for a full and quick recovery to Yehuda Glick, who is now fighting for his life. I would also like to commend the ISA and the Israel Police for quickly solving this act of terrorism.” His congratulations were for their response and attempt to arrest the assassin who had attempted to murder Yehuda Glick who resisted arrest shooting at IDF troops supporting the arrest who returned fire killing the terrorist. Prime Minister Netanyahu further commented, “A few days ago, I said that we were facing a wave of incitement by radical Islamic elements and by Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas nom de guerre) who said that Jews must be prevented from going up to the Temple Mount by any means possible. I still have not heard from the international community so much as one word of condemnation for these inflammatory remarks. The international community needs to stop its hypocrisy and take action against inciters, against those who try to change the status quo.” The Prime Minister could have continued with the same criticism over the silence of the international community of nations, leaders and other political and ambassadorial persons and the busybodies who regularly are very vocal decrying any and every act from Israel. The silence is deafening and reveals the reality that as far as the world is concerned the life of leading Israelis and possibly even of any Jews has no worth nor generates any level of concern though every level of scorn is permissible at any time for any reason. This has clarified much as the world could not care less that a leading Temple Mount activist and founder of a front line human and religious rights organization, LIBA Initiative for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount, who was obviously targeted for nationalistic reasons, a polite wording which means terrorist act steeped in a deep and hot hatred which is a direct result from the instigations and defamations and plain outright calls for the murder of Jews for the supposed crime of breathing which is repeated daily throughout Palestinians society including from Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of the Palestinian leadership from Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and others, in textbooks paid for by the European Union, United States, United Nations and European governments, media, cartoons and other children’s programming, youth groups and throughout the societal structures. Perhaps from this unfortunately angry and probably not so well written article there might start a ripple carrying the information that a man who simply journeyed through life exerting every ounce of his energy in attempts to establish a Jewish presence and equal rights for all religions on the Temple Mount with an emphasis for Christians and Jews who suffer most directly from the Islamic oppression being enforced by the Waqf appointed by Jordanian leadership as part of an agreement whereby Israel took steps to guarantee Islamic equal rights on the Temple Mount and has resulted in solely Islamic religious rights on the Temple Mount, the indifference must stop here. Below is an excerpt from Yehuda Glick’s final speech he delivered before leaving the Begin Center and being shot almost fatally by an Islamic Jihad terrorist.

 

 

Beyond the Cusp

August 25, 2014

Israel Pleas for the World to Assist Gazan People

Israeli Human Rights Groups and Lawyers have requested for the world to assist in making Gazans safe from the arbitrary executions at the hands of their Hamas overlords. Since Hamas breaking of the last cease fire, the enforcers of Hamas have begun a reign of terror executing over twenty Gazan citizens in efforts to punish the general Gaza population for their having the audacity to actually speak harshly and critically of their Hamas betters. These executions have mostly been carried out summarily without any semblance of a trial or even a shred of justice. Hamas enforcers have also carried out these executions in the public square and others outside Mosques as worshippers were leaving after evening prayers guaranteeing they would have the most direct and effective influence to cower the Gazan people and to serve as a warning against speaking their minds if their thoughts might not be appreciated by the men with all the guns. These executions have all the markings of a purge intended to suppress freedom of thought and reinforcing that the terrorists are their masters and their betters who demand respect and obedience. These murders are further proof that Gaza is a vassal state with the reigning elite being the terror masters of Hamas and Islamic Jihad who hold an iron grip over the population and is holding them hostage to serve their needs, especially as human shields and to provide sufficient cannon fodder who are sent into the jaws of the conflict in order to provide for the necessary civilian fatalities for the terrorist propaganda war against Israel.

 

The silence from the Europeans, United States, United Nations and the rest of the world which has exhibited a great willingness to sound the alarms and ring the bells which claim Israeli misdeeds and the suffering of the Gazan people resulting from the Israeli attacks has been absolutely deafening. Why then is there no equal condemnation and calls to actions to save these same Gazan people when their executioners are Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the other terrorists who rule by force in Gaza. Is the reality that Israel is condemned because Israel does not plan terrorist attacks to punish those who denounce her while Hamas, Islamic Jihad and their brothers in the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS will extend their terrorist activities to inflict punishment on those who have the nerve and audacity to call out the terrorist evils. Is it that reporters in Gaza face such intimidation and threats that many refuse to speak of their experiences and the terror threats simply out of fear that they may meet the same ends as Daniel Pearle and recently James Foley while Israel protects the freedom of the press sometimes appearing to apply such protection even more stringently to those in the media who are most critical as if to prove exactly how precious that freedom of the press stands in Israel. Where are those intrepid reporters who decry every innocent Gazan who dies while serving the terrorists as a shield and a potential innocent victim of the war to be paraded before the media repeatedly when those same innocent Gazans are being slaughtered under the false pretext that they assisted the Israelis against Hamas and Islamic Jihad? If these executed Gazans were even remotely guilty of anything, it was likely heeding an Israeli warning and vacated an area about to be attacked in contradiction to the Hamas or Islamic Jihad insistence that they and their families remain in the targeted area to serve as shields or potentially victims despite having been given ample warnings to move to safety. Perhaps the father remained but allowed his wife and children to move to safety and on top of that insult to the authority of the terrorists he also had the audacity to manage not to be killed as they hoped so of course his life must be used as an object lesson to keep the rest of the Gazan people properly fearful of their terrorist overlords and their capricious autocratic rule. Israel has sounded the alarm of another instance of senseless slaughter of the Gazan population, this time by their own government and its enforcers and disciplinarian inquisitors. Israel has challenged the United States directly sending a complaint through their Ambassador, Dan Shapiro.

 

Even the left-wing NGO B’Tselem issued a complaint over Hamas summary murder of the twenty plus Gazan victims without their receiving a trial. The Legal Forum of Israel has written a letter which they delivered to Ambassador Shapiro stating, “While we understand that these incidents are not dependent on the United States, the United States influence over members of Hamas, directly and indirectly, can be significant. We request that your government act to put an end to the wave of executions in Gaza. These are cases of arbitrary killings, incomprehensible attacks on human dignity and a terrible violation of human and civil rights. It is now clear that the residents of Gaza are living under a terrorist regime, and the world is not lifting a finger to stop the atrocities. I hope that your government, which acts for human rights and freedom, will see it fit to intervene on behalf of the innocent residents who are paying the price of living under this murderous terrorist regime.” The ball is in the court of the United States and the world, the same world which has been quick to decry any perceived suspicion of Israeli misdeeds. Now we will witness if their indignation extends to the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror rulers of Gaza.

 

Meanwhile, since the writing of this article and just before posting news reports, Hamas has rounded up at least another one-hundred-fifty more Gazans who presumably committed the crime of collaborating with the Israelis. One of the iron clad proofs of guilt is having a cell phone with an Israeli SIM cards which are most prevalent even in Gaza and probably found in many Hamas members’ phones as well. Until recently virtually all cellphones had an Orange SIM card as that was the service operating in Gaza until the Israelis left Gaza in August of 2005 and many Gazans have simply kept their phones.

 

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