Right-wing Activist Yehuda Glick Returns to Temple Mount After Ban Lifted

A ban on Glick's entry to the flashpoint Jerusalem holy site was lifted last week along with his acquittal on assault charges.

Right wing activist Yehuda Glick ascends to the Temple Mount complex on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
Arnon Segel

Right-wing activist Yehuda Glick entered the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem Tuesday morning after some 18 months during which he was forbidden from entry.

The move from Glick comes after he was acquitted last week in the Jerusalem Magistrate's court on charges of assaulting a Palestinian woman on the Temple Mount. The acquittal included a lifting of his ban from the controversial holy site.

The state withdrew its indictment filed against Glick after inconsistencies arose in the testimony of the complainant and witnesses.

In an attempt to keep a ban from the Temple Mount in place, police argued in court that Glick's return to the holy site would likely present a danger to the public and that an attempt on his life in 2014 had increased the threat. 

Glick ascended to the Temple Mount at 7:30 A.M. in coordination with police. A few dozen Palestinians were present upon his entrance but the visit passed without incident.

"Thank God, when I was laying unconscious a day after the attack, my wife said that we would return to the Temple Mount and that's what we're doing today," Glick told Haaretz. "As soon as we entered, someone from the Waqf recognized me and reported it in his walkie-talkie but it was early and there weren't many people. Some gathered around us, but the police protected us and the visit passed peacefully."

Glick stressed that his visit to the Temple Mount is symbolic and said he would continue fighting to allow for all Jews to enter the holy site.

"I'm not the story here," said Glick. "The story is all the people of Israel. We will continue to call on and support Jews coming to the Temple Mount so that they will become part of the natural view on the Temple Mount."