Former Likud MK Yehuda Glick was questioned by police on Wednesday morning for the second time in 24 hours, after being taken by police from his home following a midnight search that yielded nothing. Police say they suspect Glick—who had been arrested in the company of two US Congress Members on the Temple Mount, apparently for “walking too slowly,” suggesting he was praying or reciting biblical verses silently while Jewish—of stealing documents pertaining to his case from his interrogation room at the police station.
You mean you left those documents in front of a suspect and went to lunch? I demand to see Inspector Clouseau at once!
Glick’s attorney, Adi Keidar, rejected the cops’ accusations, saying his client “came to the police station to deliver the documents he promised he would bring them, which he claims were not stolen. These are his release documents which he had forwarded to a different attorney.”
“Instead of asking if he had accidentally taken documents from the investigation file, they show up at his home with a search warrant at midnight,” Keidar said, adding: “The police again demonstrate impulsive and problematic behavior, all of it in light of the fact that the early arrest was false and it embarrassed them.”
Speaking to Reshet Bet radio Tuesday evening, Glick, a long-time advocate of Jewish visits and prayers on the Temple Mount (one of the United Nation’s fundamental human rights), accused the police of inciting against him in the past, “which led to the assassination attempt on my life.”
On October 29, 2014, an Arab man on a motorcycle approached Glick outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem, and asked if he was Yehudah Glick, before shooting him in four times in the chest and speeding off. Glick survived the shooting and was rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center.
Glick also told Reshet Bet that Jerusalem District Commander Doron Yedid has revived the despicable police discrimination against Jews on the Temple Mount.
Leaving the police station where he had been interrogated on Wednesday, Glick reiterated: “The last time the Israeli police launched a demonization campaign against Yehuda Glick, the Islamic movement absorbed the message and it ended with an assassination attempt in my life. I really hope someone in the police stops this dangerous and troublesome move before it’s too late. It is important to bring the Jerusalem Police back to the good place it was in for many years under the command of [former Jerusalem Police Chief Deputy Commissioner] Yoram Halevi.”
Like one guy said on Twitter Tuesday night: if only Likud were in government, to stop these police abuses…
“The police treat Jews on the Temple Mount shockingly,” Glick reported.
After the search of his home that yielded nothing, on Wednesday, police detained Glick on suspicion of obstructing legal proceedings and the theft of investigation materials from the interrogation room pertaining to his arrest on the Temple Mount. Police accused Glick of violating the rules guiding the public’s behavior on the Temple Mount (the Jews don’t walk slowly rule) and resisting arrest while touring the holy site with two US congressmen.
Former Soviet refusnik and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud), who knows a thing or two about police brutality and midnight searches, tweeted: “The police harassment of former MK Yehuda Glick is violent and unworthy. It is inconceivable that in the State of Israel police would handcuff a man because he walked too slowly in their opinion. It is inconceivable that a person is being harassed in the middle of the night on questionable grounds.”
Justice Minister Amir Ohana (Likud) tweeted: “After being forcibly arrested on the Temple Mount for the dreadful misdemeanor of ‘slow walking’ and spending hours at the police station, my friend Yehuda was released to his home. At midnight, police arrived at his home to search for evidence that he had obstructed the complicated investigation into his slow walking.”
“In between, I met with two members of the US Congress with whom he had visited the Temple Mount and didn’t know where to hide my face from shame,” Minister Ohana, who supervises the judiciary in Israel, reported.
Yamina MK and Transport Minister Bezalel Smotrich, described the reality of this bizarre and annoying case, tweeting: “The Israeli police continue to climb up the tree instead of admitting its mistake and apologizing. Too bad, because the higher they climb, the worse would be their fractures when they finally fall and crash.”
“Bullying and vengeful persecution while abusing power are something that a democratic state cannot accept,” Smotrich declared.
A democratic what?