Don’t miss this opportunity to explore Israel off the beaten track, feel the conflict first hand, understand the security issues and politic realities, and have an unforgettable trip!
One 16-year-old Jewish activist was arrested for praying on the Temple Mount Wednesday, one day after several people were injured in a scuffle as police prevented a group of Jewish activists from reaching the holy site on Yom HaAtzma’ut afternoon.
Police said the youth, who was not named because he is a minor, muttered “prayer-like” sentences under his breath as he toured the permitter of the compound.
The arrest came as police and Jordanian Waqf officials took pains to maintain order at the holy site following a month of tension and rioting at the site. Police officers, dressed in full riot gear, escorted two Jewish groups around the compound, trailed closely by employees of the Waqf. Both guards stressed the rules of the visit: No bowing, no praying, no ripping of clothes (a traditional Jewish sign of mourning for the Beit Hamikdash).
Still, the experience of visiting the Temple Mount with a kippa is a tense one. Groups of Arab picnickers routinely harass Jewish visitors with cries of “Allah Hu Akhbar” (God is great). Jewish guides at the site say the shouts at passing Jews are a new phenomenon, funded by Hamas.
To contrast, non-Jewish tourists are permitted to move around the compound freely. In addition, police appear to maintain separate rules governing entrance to the Temple Mount complex: This reporter was at the Mughrabi Gate, the only gate approved for non-Muslims to enter the compound, for moderate questioning and multiple rounds of background checks. At the same time, two groups of tall, blond, obviously non-Jewish tourists were allowed to enter the site, unaccompanied and with nothing more than a cursory security check.
At the north-east corner of the Mount, near the Tribes Gate (used by IDF forces to capture the site on Iyyar 27, 1967), a group of children from the Umriyya School play soccer. Israel’s High Court of Justice has prohibited sport games on the Mount in deference to the holy site, but neither Jewish or Arab officials move to stop the game.
Numbers ‘Going up’
According to Rabbi Yehuda Glick, founder of the Haliba organization for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount, police have discriminated for years against religious Jews trying to visit the Temple Mount. Glick, a professional tour guide, said Israeli courts have ordered police to pay NIS 30,000 in damages for lost wages for their repeated refusal to allow Glick on the Mount (he stressed that the fine has yet to be paid).
But he added that not all is bleak for Jews at the Mount. Since he began visiting the site in 1989, Glick said Jewish approaches to Har Habayit have changed – mostly for the better.
“Once upon a time, Jews visited Har Habayit in pairs, no more. Now, we routinely have groups of 25 or more. The Waqf isn’t happy about it, but Jerusalem police made a decision to allow more Jews to visit. As a result, you see that the numbers of Jewish visitors to the Mount have skyrocketed, from a very small number in 1989 to more than 20,000 in 2013,” Glick told The Jewish Press.
“So you see? The police can make a decision that goes against the Waqf’s desires when it wants to,” Glick added.
Another significant factor in the growing Jewish interest in the Temple Mount is the fact that until recent years, virtually all rabbis supported the traditional rabbinic ban on entering the Temple Mount for fear of walking on the spot where the Holy of Holies once stood. A generation ago, few halachic authorities apart from Meir Kahane and Rav Yisrael Ariel approved Jewish visits to the site.
About the Author: Avi is a news writer for The Jewish Press. In the past, he has covered Israel and the Jewish world for Israel National News, Ami magazine and other international media.
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Comments are closed.
We are experiencing technical difficulties, and won’t be able to fix the site before Shabbat in Israel…
The IDF has confirmed 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, 23 of Kfar Saba is the soldier suspected kidnapped by Hamas on Friday.
Netanyahu called Kerry onto the carpet and Kerry and Ban Ki-Moon gave their assurances.
Hamas has learned the art of kidnapping from Hezbollah. Israel neeeds to figure out quickly how to deal with that.
3:31pm IDF Spox notifications: Hamas terrorists killed two IDF soldiers during the suspected kidnapping of 2nd Lt. Goldin this morning. We suspect that a group of Hamas terrorists, including a suicide attacker, kidnapped 2nd. Lt. Goldin at 9:30AM & dragged him into a tunnel. If our suspicions about today’s events are accurate, Hamas took advantage […]
This time Hamas may have succeeded in kidnapping a soldier.
Report: Hamas took advantage of the cease fire to attack IDF soldiers…
The IDF has released names of the soldier killed on Thursday night.
12:30pm Be’er Sheva Region, Ofakim… x2 10:50am Sirens at Eshkol. 10:03am – – Cease fire broken by Hamas – – Hamas fires rocket at Eshkol region. All winners, please collect your bets. No injuries were reported in the rocket strike. 9:30am Hamas hasn’t fired any rockets at Israel yet since the 8:00am cease fire went […]
If Israel finds a terror tunnel during the cease fire, do the terms of the cease fire allow it to be blown up?
Curious as to how long Israel has been rocket free? This site will tell you…
Hamas wants the Arabs in Judea and Samaria to join in…
As the 8:00am deadline for the cease fire approaches, Hamas has shot a lot rockets into Israel to get their last licks: 7:32am 08-01-2014 Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne 7:32am 08-01-2014 Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne 7:32am 08-01-2014 Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne, Givati 7:31am 08-01-2014 Ashdod, Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne, Givati 7:31am 08-01-2014 […]
Presumably, Bat Ayin children suspected of price tag crimes, but no charges have been filed; several teens held for more than a week without seeing a lawyer
From its inception in 1926, Tnuva has been a household name, for children as they learned to talk up through adulthood. How do you say “Tnuva” in Chinese?
The Palestinian Authority-run Ma’an news website is well known for promoting baseless Arab propaganda, but you’d have thought they could at least get their basic geography right. But in an article bemoaning the “nakba” – the “tragedy” of having lost a war they started – Ma’an seems to have forgotten some of the basic geography of […]
Political arrests continue unabated in both Ramallah and Gaza; Freedom Committee spokesman: Arrests have “strained reconciliation atmosphere.”
Police find three-meter tunnel in South Hebron Hills; last week, local communities ran dry thanks to hundreds of illegal taps into water main
There is lots of evidence that Hilary Rodham Clinton, the former senator from New York, first lady and secretary of state, will to try to win the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. Even before formally announcing her candidacy, she’s been campaigning and making waves, all in an attempt to keep her name not only […]
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/teen-arrested-at-temple-mount-arabs-shout-at-jewish-visitors/2014/05/07/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: