Jewish Man Shot Dead at Holy Site For Yelling “G-D is Great!”
JERUSALEM (AP) — A private security guard shot and killed a Jewish man at a key Jerusalem holy site Friday, Israeli police said, after the man reportedly shouted in Arabic.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the guard “fired a number of shots” at the man, a 46-year-old Israeli, who appeared suspicious. The guard told police the man shouted “Allahu Akbar” — “God is great!” in Arabic — and had his hands in his pockets. Arab militants often shout that phrase before carrying out an attack.
The guard said he opened fire because he suspected the man had a weapon in his pocket and thought he may be about to launch an attack, the police spokesman said. When asked if a weapon was found on the man’s body, Rosenfeld said he had no more details.
Police identified the man as an Israeli Jew but did not release his name.
Everyone who visits the Kotel has to pass through a metal detector and their belongings are searched by guards to make sure they are not carrying a bomb or a weapon. Active duty soldiers may keep their sidearms.
There is no way this man could have smuggled a bomb past the security station. He was shot by a trigger-happy rookie who thought he was a Muslim.