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Canadian B’nai Brith Delegation Humiliated on Temple Mount

“You don’t have to send delegations to Hungary to witness raw antisemitism.”
A Muslim policeman and Jordanian Waqf official followed the Jewish group closely, urging them to move quickly.

A Muslim policeman and Jordanian Waqf official followed the Jewish group closely, urging them to move quickly.
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“You don’t have to send delegations to Hungary to witness raw antisemitism.”

B’nai Brith Canada winded down its 10-day annual mission to Israel on Tuesday morning, May 28, with a visit to Har HaBayit – the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site. Although the group had been made aware of the anti-Jewish intolerance at the Temple Mount – which remains under control of the Jordanian Waqf [Islamic trust] – they were shocked by the intensity of the antisemitism.

While waiting to be admitted, a Muslim guard began harassing the delegation, calling Frank Dimant, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada, chutzpan (insolent) and threatening to deny him entry. No one had provoked him. Several other visibly religious Jews were being treated harshly as well.

Upon entering, the Canadian women – all dressed modestly – were forced to buy unattractive shawls to cover up with. Then at least 50 Arab women, dressed in full hijab, began screaming “Allah Akhbar” repeatedly.

The Canadian tourists were warned not to move their lips in prayer, nor cry or show emotion as Jews. A Muslim Israeli policeman and an official of the Waqf followed the group closely throughout the visit, often forcing them to move quickly.

Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute, who accompanied the Canadian group, often had to beg for just another moment to finish his sentence. Meanwhile, Muslim men, women and children were strolling freely; some of the youths were playing soccer on the holy site, which in some areas was strewn with garbage. While they could use any gate to enter and exit, the Jewish group could use one specific gate only.

Also evident were signs of desecration and destruction of Jewish artifacts.

“You don’t have to send delegations to Hungary to witness raw antisemitism,” said Dimant, “Jews are treated as second-class citizens in the Jewish state.”

Dimant, who led the mission together with Eric Bissell, president of B’nai Brith Canada, is also a delegate to the Global Forum on Antisemitism taking place this week in Jerusalem. “It’s ironic that the Forum is meeting in Jerusalem and will by design ignore this hatred in Jerusalem,” he said. “I doubt that any of the delegates will leave the conference hall to protest this antisemitic behavior in Israel’s capital, which is an ongoing problem.”

Visiting Har HaBayit is a “lesson in subjugation,” Rabbi Richman stated. “When they trash everything we have and we allow it, then we deserve what we get.”

Linda Olmert, executive director of Eretz Nehederet-Birthright for Israelis, joined the Canadian tour. She had made aliyah from Toronto decades ago.

“It is infuriating that Israel abdicated to the Muslim Waqf de facto dominion over our holiest site, the Temple Mount,” she declared. “It makes my blood boil that [Waqf officials] can and do make every effort to impose their misogynist, apartheid world view deliberately and particularly on Jewish groups. Did we really return to Israel to be told in our own land, on our holiest site, that we must not pray or cry? However the worst tragedy is that most of Israel is oblivious to this, and just does not care.”

Also, “can it really be that the Israeli media, which have made a major case of the Women of the Wall and their fight with the rabbinical institutions, keep silent about the fact that only a few meters away, on the far holier Temple Mount site, Jewish women are forced to pay for Palestinian plaid scarves to ensure covering from the tips of their toes to our heads?”

Nevertheless, “I see the cup as half full, as hundreds and hundreds of people, including yeshiva students, come once a month,” Rabbi Richman said. “There’s an awakening, although a bit too little and too late, because for generations Israelis were taught that we have no connection” to Temple Mount.

When the visit ended, a number of small boys – apparently on cue – pelted the Jews with stones.

B’nai Brith Canada will issue an official protest to Prime Minister Netanyahu and to the minister of Religious Affairs.

Each year, the mission visits cities in the disputed territories that are central to Jewish history, including Hebron, Beit-El, Ariel and Shilo. It’s an unusual itinerary for a mainstream North American Jewish organization. David Wilder, spokesperson for Hebron’s Jewish community, presented to Bissell a Certificate of Appreciation, and to Dimant a Certificate of Honorary Citizenship.

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15 Responses to “Canadian B’nai Brith Delegation Humiliated on Temple Mount”

  1. Dan Silagi says:

    Jews are welcome at St. Patrick's Cathedral. They are welcome at Notre Dame in Paris. They are welcome at the Vatican. So why can't they be welcome at the Temple Mount?

  2. Anonymous says:

    @Dan Silagi Why don't you put your rhetorical question to someone at University of Chicago, one of the most blatantly anti-Semitic schools in the United States?

  3. The PA. harassing Jews, in their most holiest site, religious Jews R mistreated, and all they want to do is pray, I can't believe this's happening, and the media is silent , and shame on the jewish state for allowing this to go on.

  4. The WAQF police and administer the mount. I have never read that they own it and that Jews don't. The land of Israel was given to them by God forever. That also includes the temple mount. The Israeli government needs to remind the WAQF that they don't own it. They occupied it until 67 and it now belongs to Israel.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I don't know about the Halacha of walking there, I really should clarlify for myself. But in any event, this is sad and infuriating.

  6. Cody Flecker says:

    The answer to all this nonsense is really very simple. Do not visit Israel, nor give it any money. Israel is a pariah in the Western World. Every other country in the world protects its citizens except Israel. The answer to all this nonsense is simple. Just stay at home or visit another country that will welcome you quicker than Israel does.

  7. Harassment on Temple Mount must stop! The. Jewish country and u can't pray there! Rocks thrown at them is dangerous and can be deadly! How about having Jewish gangs protecting Jews by returning the rocks to the thrower with deadly force if needed!

  8. David Nowlin says:

    Cody, I speak for millions upon millions of Jews and Jewish loving Christians when I say, Please follow your own advise. No one wants you in Israel.

  9. Yahuah's has seen fit to send a message to the world, and specifically to the Jews, His Presence no longer resides in this place ever since the veil to the holy of holiest was miraculously torn from top to bottom at the moment Yeshuah died some 2000 years ago.

  10. Sinead Allen says:

    Yahuah also said from Eze 36 to the end, that the temple will return, & there will be sacrifices again. for ex 45:22-23

  11. Pál Póli says:

    I must defend Hungary from this blatant accusation. The Jews are not leaving Hungary, but flooding there by the tens of thousands, and to preempt the the rightful concern of the Hungarians, they use the old and now tired antisemite card.

  12. Gila Cohen says:

    The media DOES report the violence and abuse of the muslims towards out Temple Mount AND there is a warning for us not to go in there for now – that warning doesn't mean that we have no connection but it is very unsafe and therefore a Torah Jew would understand not to put oneself at this risk. The Jews that go there have very specific views or are not religious and to read their shock at their treatment surprises me. Had they asked me what they should expect I could have told them word for word. Let's not be naive and start blaming the govt for that…there are plenty of other things to blame them for that are legit and related.

  13. Yeremyah Natzraya says:

    Sinead Allen there is no prophecy for yet another temple and reversion to sacrifices. That is only accomplished by ignoring that those prophecies spoke of the second temple so that they can recycled for a third – all in order to deny messiah. God has been sending a clear message for 2000 years: ACCESS DENIED.

  14. Glenn S Todd says:

    When is Israel going to stand up and say once and for all that only Jews will be allowed to visit the Temple Mount. How long must the Jewish people going to have to suffer at the hands of these sob's who care nothing about us or about Israel or about the conditions of the Temple Mount? Stop giving in to these ignorant stupid people and let the Jewish people rule once and for all.

  15. Baila Kaiser says:

    I'm very glad that they do this because:
    1. If we never show up and show that we care, then they'll just say that we don't need it at all, etc.
    and 2. Like the end of this article said, this mission visits some of the more unconventional places for a left wing jewish North American group. I'm glad to see them taking initiative to show their congregants the real Israel, instead of only visiting beaches.
    But they do, however, need to be safe.

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