Prominent Israeli Activist Seriously Wounded in Jerusalem Shooting

PHOTO: Israeli security forces gather behind a security perimeter outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center where a Jewish activist was wounded during a shooting on Oct. 29, 2014 in Jerusalem. Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images
Israeli security forces gather behind a security perimeter outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center where a Jewish activist was wounded during a shooting on Oct. 29, 2014 in Jerusalem.

An American-born, right-wing Israeli activist was shot today by a gunman on a motorcycle in Jerusalem, raising the already sky-high tension across the city, authorities said.

Israeli media have identified the victim as Rabbi Yehuda Glick, a prominent activist for the rights of Jews to pray on the Temple Mount.

The police are only officially confirming the shooting of a man in his 50s, but various Israeli outlets say Glick's in critical condition.

The police have not yet declared this to be a terrorist attack but given Glick's profile and the recent tension around the Temple Mount, it can easily be assumed this was a targeted assassination attempt.

As the world's attention has turned away since the summer's Gaza War, anger has continued to simmer in Jerusalem.

Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police have continued since they first broke out July.