Assault charges against Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick dropped


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The indictment accusing Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick of attacking a Palestinian woman at the site has been withdrawn.

On Thursday, Israel Police dropped the charges against Glick stemming from the accusation after the State Prosecutor’s Office said the woman’s testimony may have been invented. The woman claimed Glick pushed her, with the result that she broke her arm.

Under the indictment, Glick at first was barred from visiting the Temple Mount; that was later restricted to visiting once a month. It was not clear if the dropping of charges will lift the restrictions.

“There are many here who should do some soul searching, but at this time I’m not interested in that, only in thanking God,” Glick said during proceedings at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, Haaretz reported.

Glick, a U.S. native, leads a group that advocates for wider Jewish access to the Temple Mount. In October 2014 he was seriously wounded in an attempted assassination at the Menachem Begin Center in Jerusalem by a Palestinian gunman. As a guide, he also leads groups of Jewish tours to the Temple Mount to earn his livelihood.

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