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Protesters: Police in Cahoots with Arabs over Jewish Access to Mount

On those few days when Jews were allowed to go up to the Mount, they suffered constant abuse by the Muslims and by the police.
Last July, police prevented these Jews from going up to Temple Mount. Vigil organizers warn these are the first steps before sealing off the site to Jews altogether.

Last July, police prevented these Jews from going up to Temple Mount. Vigil organizers warn these are the first steps before sealing off the site to Jews altogether.
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The Joint Committee of Temple Mount Organizations has announced a protest vigil this Wednesday, August 7, at 7:30 AM, by the Mugrabi Bridge connecting the Western Wall plaza with the Mughrabi Gate of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

According to the organizers, which include journalist Arnon Segal and Women in Green founders Nadia Matar and Yehudit Katsover, the vigil will be held in response to an announcement last Tuesday by the Police official in charge of the holy sites, Commander Avi Bitton, that the Temple Mount would remain open only to Muslims and closed to Jews and to tourists at least until after the Muslim holiday of Idl-Fitter, next Sunday, the fifth of Elul or August 11.

This is breaking the rules, cry out the organizers, members of organizations promoting Jewish presence on the Temple Mount, warning that Jerusalem Police has already violated the long held status quo by shutting off the Temple Site to non-Muslims throughout the month of Ramadan.

This past month, the vigil organizers complain that on those few days when Jews were allowed to go up to the Mount, they suffered constant abuse by the Muslims and by the police.

Two weeks ago, Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin was chased away from the Temple Mount by a crowd of Muslims. According to the vigil organizers, police did not intervene to prevent the “screaming and harassment and threats by the Muslims against Elkin and his family.”

But the biggest complaint of the organizers has to do with the fact that the Arabs have, apparently, discovered the surefire method of keeping the Jews off the Mount – all they have to do is threaten violence, and the police immediately folds, and rather than responding to the bullies by imposing law and order—a fairly basic expectation of our law enforcement agencies—they join forces with them to block Jewish access.

It’s been ten years, the protesters say, since the Temple mount was re-opened to Jewish visitors—not for prayer, mind you, God forbid—and now they fear the permanent sealing off of the holiest Jewish site bar none appears closer than ever.

“It seems the police is throwing a trial balloon,” reads the organizers’ email. “They try to see if the Temple Mount is important to a large Jewish population, or only to some ‘crazies.’ It is obvious that if this passes quietly, it will get worse for the Jews.”

And so the Joint Committee of the Temple Mount Organizations have decided to hold a mass protest vigil to remind the police, the politicians, and—most important—ourselves, that the holiest place for the Jewish People is not the Kotel, with all due respect, but the Temple Mount.

As one organizer put it, according to Matar, celebrating Rosh Chodesh at the Kotel and not on the Temple Mount is tantamount to celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, in the Knesset parking lot, while the building itself would be chock full of Arabs.

They invite “all to whom a Jewish presence at the Jews’ most holy site in the world is important, to wake up early Wednesday morning and come.”

Wouldn’t it be interesting if, this coming Rosh Chodesh Elus, Wednesday morning, all the Jews will find their way up to the Temple Mount, leaving down below only the Women of the Kotel?

Don’t forget to dip in the Mikvah first, in case they actually let everybody up.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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6 Responses to “Protesters: Police in Cahoots with Arabs over Jewish Access to Mount”

  1. Cody Flecker says:

    Are these police Jewish or are they Moslem? Regardless of what religion they follow, it is sheer madness not to allow Jews and Gentiles the ability to see and observe where the Holy Temple(s) were located. I am sure that there are many Christians who would love to visit this holy place as well as Jews. The site should be open to all. We all know it was a tragic mistake for Moshe Dayan to give up the holiest site in Judaism, but that was in the past. Israel should take back the Temple Mount and declare the site to be a tourist site and nothing more. The Moslems can pray at other sites in Israel or elsewhere.

  2. Benjamin Fox says:

    The temple mount is totally and always has been Jewish, the mount and the dome to the pagan god is never mentioned in the Quran and tell the Arabs to take a hike back to their own land and pound sand.

  3. Arrest the police for violations of the Basic Laws.

  4. Myriam Obadia says:

    I think that the Justice department should look into this denial of religious rights exclusively aimed at Jews by the Israeli Police in many Israeli towns and cities. However, with Mrs Livni at the helm, my hopes aren't high for the situation being resolved.

  5. Rob Heasman says:

    Something is aboat to happen, because the daily sacrifice CAN NOT be stopped UNTIL it has first been started. May The Lord bring a million.
    Jews to His Temple on that day. And may the daily sacrifice begin, and.
    The Word of God continue to be fulfilled before our very eyes.

    Daniel 12;

    11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. 1290 days.

    Something is aboat to happen, because the daily sacrifice CAN NOT be.
    stopped UNTIL it has first been started.

    The covenant will be signed 30 days AFTER the sacrifice is cut off, and the daily sacrifice will continue from the covenant being confirmed 1260 days before being cut off entirely.

    The Holy One of Israel is truely amazing, telling the end, from the beginning, "from ancient times, the things NOT YET DONE."

  6. Rob Heasman says:

    Something is aboat to happen, because the daily sacrifice CAN NOT be stopped UNTIL it has first been started. May The Lord bring a million.
    Jews to His Temple on that day. And may the daily sacrifice begin, and.
    The Word of God continue to be fulfilled before our very eyes.

    Daniel 12;

    11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. 1290 days.

    Something is aboat to happen, because the daily sacrifice CAN NOT be.
    stopped UNTIL it has first been started.

    The covenant will be signed 30 days AFTER the sacrifice is cut off, and the daily sacrifice will continue from the covenant being confirmed 1260 days before being cut off entirely.

    The Holy One of Israel is truely amazing, telling the end, from the beginning, "from ancient times, the things NOT YET DONE."

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