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It’s “that time of year” again at the Temple Mount, when thousands of Jews flock to the holiest site on earth in Judaism – and Israel Police are especially vigilant in making arrests.

By 9:00 am Sunday morning, the second day of the Passover holiday, three adult Jews and two minors had already been removed from the site where the two Holy Temples of Jerusalem once stood.

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No information was released to media on why the little group was pulled out of the compound, over which the Jordanian Islamic Waqf exerts control. The Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque are both built on the site.

By the end of non-Muslim visiting hours, 13 tourists had been removed from the site.

“The police are working and will continue to work with determination against any attempt to disturb the public peace and security, with favoritism,” Israel Police spokesperson Luba Samri said in a statement Sunday. “We will not allow disturbances of public order or security and we will act decisively against anyone who tries to do so.”

But according to Yehuda Glick, head of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, Jews are not coming to the site to create “disturbances.” They are coming out of instinct, to connect with the sanctity of their ancient birthright. “People want to come to connect to the Temple Mount” said Glick. “No one has the desire to create any disturbance. People want to come to connect … I would like everyone to come and that the Temple Mount will be as it should – a center of world peace.”

Passover is one of three mandatory festivals requiring Jews to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Tens of thousands of Jews do indeed stream into the ancient holy city, including many who feel compelled to ascend the Temple Mount.

Muslim Arabs who pray in the mosque on the site are especially incensed by this.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced prior to the holiday that extra security forces would be deployed in the area to prevent “all sorts of extremists [from spreading] lies about our policy concerning the Temple Mount.”

In Biblical times, special animal sacrifices were made in the Holy Temples at this time. The sacrifices ceased with the destruction of the Second Temple by the occupying Romans and the Diaspora.

There are small groups of Jews who now are determined to renew the practice in preparation for the coming of the Messiah and the rebuilding of the Third Holy Temple. Police usually arrest a handful of men and sometimes boys who are being taught the sacrificial ways of the ancients.

On Friday, at first three and then eventually 10 men were detained for bringing goats to a location in the Old City for the purpose of carrying out a Pascal sacrifice. It is forbidden by Torah law to carry out an actual bona fide Pascal sacrifice without the existence of the Holy Temple of Jerusalem.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Is this just a bad translation or did the police spokeperson just admit to deliberate and discriminatory enforcement of the law?

    "The police are working and will continue to work with determination against any attempt to disturb the public peace and security, with favoritism,” Israel Police spokesperson Luba Samri said in a statement Sunday. “We will not allow disturbances of public order or security and we will act decisively against anyone who tries to do so.”

  2. The conclusion is I correct. One does NOT need a temple to bring a Koran Pesach. Only need to build a small alter or possible eve. Without one. This is a BIBLICAL commandment which the police under orders from Bibi prevent Jews from doing. Another violation of Torah. Plus reward terrorisim and be apoarthide a d discriminate towards Jews.

  3. I am glad to note that one other blogger noticed "the with favoritism". The article didn't report on the number of muslim worshippers to the site who were arrested. Then we can assess the element of favoritism!

    Still bringing goats to the site.. – who cleans up after them??

  4. WIth all due respect to Yehuda Glick "“People want to come to connect to the Temple Mount” said Glick. “No one has the desire to create any disturbance. People want to come to connect ", I think it is indeed time for a disturbance. It is time for Jews from ALL OVER to gather at the Temple Mount, and once and for all (re)establish to whom the area belongs (so we're clear, it's not the Muslims or the Christians, not anybody other than us Jews). We can even borrow a tactic from Ghandi – Just have everyone show up and sit down.
    As with crossing the Yam Suf, it's time for the PEOPLE to take the first/next step. I throw down the gauntlet to our leaders to gather the people and move forward (since the elected leaders seem unwilling or unable to do so).

  5. You may have hit the prediction nerve. a flash mob on line all rush the mount, with numbers of 150,000 people, and have a sit in, would be a page out of Facebook and You Tube crowds. That would be the tactic of Ghandi you have touched upon. "Flash Mob"
    They would not do it during Passover but the first Sunday thereafter.

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