Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Meet the Knesset’s Most Incredible Allies - by Jesse Lempel

...As our interview ended, he decided to inaugurate his new office by placing the ritual mezuzah on the doorpost – a small box holding verses of the Torah which is thought to protect one’s home. Ohana tags along to Glick’s new office, borrowing a kippa from an aide, and the two hang the mezuzah together. “I protected you once, so I may as well finish the job,” Ohana quips. Glick then declares that his office has a name. “This isn’t Yehuda Glick’s office,” he says. “It’s called ‘Jerusalem of Peace.’”

MK Amir Ohana and MK Yehuda GlickPhoto Credit: Hillel Maeir/TPS
Jesse Lempel..
Tazpit News Agency/JPress..
14 June '16..

Jerusalem (TPS) – Looking at the two newest lawmakers for the Likud party, you would never guess they were close friends: Yehuda Glick is a Brooklyn-born Orthodox rabbi who built his career on pressing for Jewish prayer on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount; Amir Ohana is the first openly gay parliamentarian of the center-right Likud party and founder of its LGBT Caucus.

Yet the two men share an extraordinarily unique bond that began in earnest in 2014 when Glick was gunned down by an Arab would-be assassin, an attack he miraculously survived. After being released from the hospital, the death threats continued pouring in – yet the police declined to provide protection.

That’s when Amir Ohana, a relatively unknown LGBT activist from the southern city of Be’er Sheva and a former agent with the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), stepped in: he volunteered to be Glick’s personal bodyguard.

“I’m not a religious person, but I believe in freedom – and it was my honor to defend freedom,” Ohana, 40, explained in a recent interview with Tazpit Press Service (TPS) that took place, together with Glick, 51, in Ohana’s office in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. “I don’t hold religious views but I can respect our legacy and our history as a people. What I want is for everyone to be free to pray wherever they want, and the Temple Mount is the holiest place for Jews.”

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