Police Drop Indictment Against Temple Mount Activist Yehuda Glick

The dismissal of the charges against the U.S.-born activist may help overturn the ruling prohibiting him from visiting the compound.

Right-wing activist Yehuda Glick in Jerusalem.
Emil Salman

Israel Police have withdrawn an indictment against Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick, who was accused of assaulting a Muslim woman on one of his visits there. The indictment against Glick was one of the reasons behind a court ruling last June that barred him from entering the compound.

The police's decision to drop the charges and acquit Glick has to do with the testimony of the plaintiff, Zoya Badrana, which they suspected of being fabricated.

Glick was barred from entering the Temple Mount Compound after a Jerusalem District Court Judge said that his presence there was "inflammatory," particularly since he was accused of assaulting a woman during one of his vists there. The judge commented that “there is a risk of violence breaking out if the defendent returns to the compound before the end of legal proceedings in his case.”

The dismissal of the charges against Glick may be sufficient grounds for overturning of the court's ruling prohibiting him from entering the Temple Mount.

"There are many here who should do some soul searching, but at this time I'm not interested in that, only in thanking God," responded Glick. He added that during the legal proceedings he was "fighting the system that was supposed to protect" him, which was "mobilized, hand-in-hand, with the worst of our enemies" in what he described as "legal terrorism."

U.S.-born Glick survived an attempt on his life in 2014 by a gunman in a drive-by shooting in Jerusalem. He was seriously wounded in the incident. A Palestinian man suspected of being behind the shooting was killed in shootout with with police forces a day later.