Photo Credit: Meir Yerushalmi
Police around the body of Mu'taz Hijazi, after being killed in police shootout in Abu Tor.

Mu’taz Hijazi, 32, from the Abu Tor neighborhood of Jerusalem has been killed by Jerusalem Police, early Thursday morning, according to a report by Khaled Abu Toameh. Hijazi is a member of the Islamic Jihad terrorist group, and spent 11 years in jail.

Mu’taz Hijazi

The gunfight was connected to the assassination attempt on Temple Mount activist Yehudah Glick Wednesday night.


“Three police Yamam counter terrorist units surrounded a house in the Abu Tor neighborhood of Jerusalem as part of the search for the suspect who shot Yehuda Glick outside the Begin Center last night,” Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told Thursday morning.

“As soon as they surrounded the house, shots were fired at them from inside the house. The forces returned fire, and shot and killed the suspect,” Rosenfeld explained. “There is heightened security in Jerusalem with an emphasis on the Old City to prevent any incidents from taking place,” the police spokesperson added.

Police are examining the gun, to see if it was the weapon used to shoot Yehuda Glick.

The Begin Center, where Yehuda Glick was shot last night, is located right next to Abu Tor, a mixed Arab-Jewish neighborhood.

Glick is in serious but stable condition, following surgery at Sharei Tzedek Hospital.

For prayers, Glick’s full Hebrew name is: Yehuda Yehoshua ben Rivka Ita Breindel.

Abu Tor in Jerusalem

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  1. My heart and prayers for this WONDERFUL MAN OF PEACE WHO PEACEFULLY BUT CONSTANTLY, AND RIGHTLY, ADVOCATES THAT JEWS CAN PRAYERFULLY ASCEND THE TEMPLE MOUNT, THEIR HOLIEST SITE. Jews respect the sanctity of the Temple Mount. They don't play football there, and they don't create violence or throw stones and bricks at security officers, as do the militant and politically-inspired opposition WHO HAVE NO REGARD TO THE HOLINESS OF THE SITE, and in any case, pray facing Mecca, with their backs TO THE TEMPLE MOUNT.

    We will pray for this wonderful, faithful man, who has Arab friends – non-militant men of peace, also.

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