Israeli killed by guard at Jewish holy site in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:59am EDT

1 of 2. Israeli border policemen load their weapons before patrolling at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City June 21, 2013. A security guard shot and killed a Jewish Israeli man on Friday at one of Judaism's holiest sites in Jerusalem, the Western Wall, which was immediately shut to visitors, police said. The guard opened fire after the man, in an adjacent restroom, was heard shouting 'Allahu Akbar,' Arabic for 'God is greatest', police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A security guard shot and killed a Jewish Israeli man on Friday at one of Judaism's holiest sites in Jerusalem, the Western Wall, which was immediately shut to visitors, police said.

The guard opened fire after the man, in an adjacent restroom, was heard shouting "Allahu Akbar," Arabic for "God is greatest", police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Rosenfeld said the guard opened fire with his pistol because he suspected the man was a Palestinian militant. The victim turned out to be an Israeli Jew in his 40s.

"The fact he shouted Allahu Akbar, that seems to be why the security guard drew his weapon and fired a number of shots at him," he said.

"We are looking into what (the dead man's)... motives were," Rosenfeld added.

The incident occurred as hundreds gathered for prayer in one of Jerusalem's most sensitive areas. The Western Wall is one of Judaism's holiest sites, where thousands worship each week.

The plaza where the wall is located is next to the Temple Mount, revered by Jews as the place where two biblical temples stood, and the site of Islam's third holiest mosque, al-Aqsa.

(Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by John Stonestreet)

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Comments (4)
Pedro07 wrote:
Just an example of what may happen to you in Israel or in the occupied territories if you are an Arab.

Jun 21, 2013 5:15am EDT  --  Report as abuse
celt22 wrote:
What does the victim’s “motives” have to do with anything? The guard murdered someone for no reason.

Jun 21, 2013 7:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
kuka_kid_1 wrote:
Wake up America, this is coming to the states if we do not stop these “representatives”

Jun 21, 2013 10:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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