Attacked Temple Mount activist leaves Jerusalem hospital

Yehuda Glick, the Temple Mount activist shot in a failed assassination attempt, has left the hospital nearly a month after the attack.

At a news conference Nov. 24 at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Glick thanked those who helped to save his life and recited the blessing thanking God as “He who brings back life to the deceased.”

Glick, 49, said that his attacker told him before he pulled the trigger on Oct. 29 outside a Jerusalem conference center that he was doing it because Glick is “an enemy of Al-Aksa,” the Temple Mount mosque.

“Anybody who shoots and kills someone in the name of his religion is the first person disgracing his religion,” Glick said. “Those who are giving respect to Islam are those Muslim doctors and nurses who work at this hospital. These are the people who are bringing respect to God and their religion, not those who murder in the name of religion.”

Glick was shot at close range in the chest and abdomen by an assailant who fled on a motorcycle. The alleged assailant, a member of Islamic Jihad who worked in the conference center’s kitchen, was killed hours later in a shootout outside his eastern Jerusalem home.

Immediately before he was shot, Glick had spoken at the center on the Jewish right to pray on the Temple Mount.

Meanwhile, a Canadian-Israeli citizen remained in a coma nearly a week after an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue left five dead.

Howie Rothman, 53, who moved to Israel some 30 years ago and is the father of 10 children, was hit in the head and arm with a meat cleaver by one of the terrorists on Nov. 18. He lost vision in one eye, suffered brain damage and after at least three surgeries remained in a medically induced coma, the Toronto Sun reported.

The United Jewish Appeal in Toronto held what an agency representative called an “unprecedented” fundraising appeal for an individual. — jta