By Sharona Schwartz – TheBlaze.com –
Israeli police Thursday took what is being described as an unprecedented move to close Jerusalem’s Temple Mount to worshippers of all faiths until further notice, following the shooting late Wednesday night of a prominent advocate for Jews to pray at what is the holiest site in Judaism.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who has been accused of inciting violence in Jerusalem, called the closure of the holy site a “declaration of war” on Palestinians.
“This dangerous Israeli escalation is a declaration of war on the Palestinian people and its sacred places and on the Arab and Islamic nation,” Abbas said in a statement delivered by his spokesman Thursday.
Rabbi Yehuda Glick was in very serious condition after a Palestinian man on a motorcycle shot him three times at point-blank range as Glick was heading to his car following a speech he delivered on Jewish rights to worship at the Temple Mount.
In April, Glick told TheBlaze that he believed the Temple Mount represents “the prophesy of Isaiah that all the nations will lay down their swords, and that from here will come a message of no more war.”
“Violence is not the way,” he said.
Israelis from across the political spectrum warned the shooting had made Jerusalem more dangerous following weeks of violence gripping the holy city that some have likened to an intifada, or Palestinian uprising.
The Blaze interviewed Glick, who holds both Israeli and U.S. citizenship, in April regarding the consistent Palestinian harassment of Jews who visit the Temple Mount, which has included shouting, spitting, and the throwing of objects including chairs at the visitors. Glick, who heads the LIBA Initiative for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount, was in his 29th day of a hunger strike to protest the Israeli policy banning Jews from visibly praying on the site where both the First and Second Temples once stood.