Right-wing activist Yehudah Glick warned police he was being targeted by Palestinians prior to being shot in an apparent assassination Wednesday, family members claimed Thursday.
Glick’s father, Shimon Glick, told Israeli media that his son was regularly threatened for his activism in support of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount.
“They promised to kill him several times,” he said, claiming the police did nothing to protect him. It was not clear who he was referring to that had threatened Glick.
Glick was in serious but stable condition at Shaare Zedek Medical Center Thursday morning after being shot by an assailant on a motorcycle upon leaving a conference in central Jerusalem Wednesday night.
The suspected shooter, identified in media reports as an Islamic Jihad activist, was killed by police during an arrest attempt Thursday morning.
Witnesses told Israeli media the shooter asked Glick to identify himself before shooting him, raising suspicions that he had been targeted.
MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud), who also attended the right-wing conference that was the scene of the attack, said Glick had filed five police complaints after receiving threats on his life, all of which were ignored.
“The attack was expected,” Feiglin told Ynet, adding that any Jew who visits Temple Mount is a terror attack target.
Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe Edri denied the allegations, saying no official complaint filed by Glick could be found, Haaretz reported.
Several other sources close to Glick, head of the Temple Mount Faithful organization, told the media he was frequently menaced.
Hebron Regional Council Head Yohai Damari claimed both Arab and left-wing activists recently threatened Glick via Facebook, Israeli news website Walla reported.
Inspecting the crime scene, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said he had “no doubt” the attack was the result of recent incitement in the city, adding that he is praying for Glick’s recovery, according to the Walla report.
Barkat, who recently ordered officials to step up efforts to quell rising unrest in East Jerusalem, called for an end to the incitement on “all sides.”