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Jews Sue Police for Barring Them from Temple Mount on Tisha B’Av

The Babylonians and Romans destroyed the Holy Temples long ago. Since 1967, the site of the ruins returned to Jews, but Muslims have de facto rule. Police barred Jewish entry on Tisha B’Av and now face a lawsuit
Muslim mobs force police to eject Jews from Temple Mount on Monday, the day before Tisha B'Av

Muslim mobs force police to eject Jews from Temple Mount on Monday, the day before Tisha B'Av
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Temple Mount activist groups are suing the police for “racist discrimination” and for tens of thousands of dollars in damages after the law enforcement agency closed the holy site to hundreds of Jews on Tisha B’Av Tuesday.

The police had promised on Monday to open the site to Jews for limited visiting hours. Earlier on Monday, the police escorted Jews off the Temple Mount for the second time in five days after Muslims barged into the group and threatened them to leave. (See video below.)

Among those who waited in vain to ascend the Temple Mount were two Knesset Members, Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin of the Likud and the other Jewish Home MK Shuli Mualem-Rafaeli.

Activists who encourage Jews to ascend to the Holy site warned on Monday that the police would close the site. In response, police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told the Jewish Press on Monday “it would be open as usual, depending on security.”

Police usually allow Jews to visit the Temple Mount for approximately two hours, until 11 a.m. However, at 7 a.m. Tuesday, on the Tisha B’Av day that marks the mourning of the destruction of the First and Second Holy Temples, the police stated it would not be open to Jews and other religions – except Muslims.

The explanation was that “security assessments” dictated  that the Temple Mount would be off limits “to all visitors, in order to prevent disturbances.”

Attorney Aviad Visuly, acting on behalf of Temple Mount groups, said he is suing the police for compensation and also is demanding explanations from the police as well as the firing of its Jerusalem district commander, Yossi Parienti.”

He pointed out that the closure of the Temple Mount on Tisha B’Av at a.m. came at a time when “there almost no one there and when there were no disturbances.”

“This is racist anti-Jewish discrimination, while Jews are not at all suspect  in riots and disturbances on the Temple Mount, “ where Muslims routinely riot and threaten Jews, the lawsuit adds.

It noted that the Supreme Court has scolded the police several times for not putting a stop to violence on the Temple Mount and for a policy that prevents Jews from ascending the site and praying, The court has warned that police polices may not be legal.

The lawsuit, besides demanding that Parienti be fired, wants answers to several question by next Monday:

  • Who decided to close the Temple Mount to Jews on Tisha B’Av?
  • What were the reasons?
  • What measures did the police take to prevent the closure?
  • Why was the Temple Mount closed to Jews and other religions and not to Muslims?
  • Was the political establishment involved n the decision?
  • How many police  were no hand to prepare for disturbances?
  • How will police keep the Temple Mount from being closed to Jews in the future?

  • About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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    21 Responses to “Jews Sue Police for Barring Them from Temple Mount on Tisha B’Av”

    1. in israel the state is the judge judgement and executioner

    2. Ch Hoffman says:

      It's the hottest time of the year in Israel; tempers are running high. The neighborhood is going crazy – between Egypt's succession of government convulsions and a bloodbath in Syria; and the US secretary of state seems to have moved to the region for a whole year of yeshiva study and tiyulim.

      And these lunatics want to stir up trouble? for what? they want to fight with the government that protects them every day to prove a point?

      You want to see the rebuilding of Jerusalem – go home and say t'hilim.

    3. Ira Machefsky says:

      Why should Jews be barred from the Temple Mount any day? The muzzzzies don't run this country.

    4. Moshe Zucker says:

      Equal rights for Jewish prayer on the had habayit!!!

    5. LIBERATE the TEMPLE MOUNT…make it a place for all to worship..and save mankind.

    6. Jews are finally coming to their senses and using the law to win battles against the "darkness" that tries to demean and destroy the Jewish people..good for us.

    7. =
      How can the Tehilim policies be asserted without raising awarness & without activism ?

      Does Your Tehilim have the word God at all ?
      Or does Your Tehilim have the word God replaced by that of pagan arabian Allah ?

      Does Your dollar bill have the word "In God We Trust" replaced by that of"In Allah We Trust" ?
      =
      Instead of excluding Muslims from Temple Mount due to Safety Concerns…
      =
      Muslim group excluded from July 4 parade due to Safety Concerns
      Published on 2013/7/14
      http://www.usdl.info/modules/news_english/item.php?itemid=1180

    8. =
      Given that the Temple Mount is under the pagan Islam occupation with the consent of the Sharia Compliant Dhimmi Israeli Establishment & the complicity of the Israeli Rabbinical Authorities.

      Then till such Sharia Compliant Dhimmi Israeli policy(s) be reversed,
      so Jews can freely pray on Temple Mount.
      free from the Jerusalem police severe, unlawfull & discriminative restrictions.

      The Jews can & should establish a Portable Tabernacle to serve as a place of prayer and sacrifice, only at the places prescribed in the Bible,
      such as Shmuel I – Chapter 7: 2, 5, 17… beside Shiloh.

      The Jews of Israel could help the Jews overseas to keep their connection to the Judaism by having them visit the Tabernacle for example during the High Hollidays.

      When the Jewish visitors return to their overseas home,
      Taglit could always give them a Tabernacle Box, a Shabbat Box!

      The July 18-30, 2013, Olympic games of the Maccabiah didn't had to be held in Tel Aviv.
      It should have been held in Judea & Shomron.
      Kiryat Arba, Beit El, Kedumim, Karnei Shomron, Alfei Menashe, Beit Aryeh-Ofarim, Efrat, Elkana, Har Adar, Immanuel, Ma'ale Efraim, Oranit.

    9. Ch – exactly how does religious discrimination of Jews protect anybody? The government blocks a Knesset Member from going there, when that action is in direct violation of the Basic Laws.

      Blocking Jews from the Temple Mount is also illegal under the Basic Laws. Yet Muslims only have to threaten violence to have the Police do their bidding.

      No the time is to close the Temple Mount to all Muslims for at least the next 19 years.

    10. Mark Kaplan says:

      no, monetary compensation is a joke. Firing the Jerusalem district commander, Yossi Parienti is a start, but if the law was broken as I believe it is being broken according to the 1967 Protection of Holy Places Law, then the 5 year prison sentence for violating the law is appropriate.

    11. Mark Kaplan says:

      no, monetary compensation is a joke. Firing the Jerusalem district commander, Yossi Parienti is a start, but if the law was broken as I believe it is being broken according to the 1967 Protection of Holy Places Law, then the 5 year prison sentence for violating the law is appropriate.

    12. Mark Kaplan says:

      no, monetary compensation is a joke. Firing the Jerusalem district commander, Yossi Parienti is a start, but if the law was broken as I believe it is being broken according to the 1967 Protection of Holy Places Law, then the 5 year prison sentence for violating the law is appropriate.

    13. Tim Upham says:

      May you see children born to your children, peace upon Israel. Psalms 128:6

    14. Anonymous says:

      Where are the IDF?, they should be there, the Temple Mount is Israeli territory since June 1967 and forever.

    15. John Harvey says:

      I thought there was enough God for everyone. and he should be the one that they all should understand. I think all should be working on peaceful anwsers and God does not belong to one but to all.

    16. John Harvey says:

      I am a Christian and I have several friends that follow the teachings of Islam. their faith is strong as mine is and some of what I am learning we all strive to better ourselves in the eyes of God to make this world a better place for all to live in. there is no place for hate except in hell. we need only to carry what is rite and just in our hearts and only God God can do that for me.

    17. Ridiculous and unbelievable! Who is in control here? Is rael belongs to the Jews and they are certainly strong enough to defend it. Political correctness didn't help Neville Chamberlain in 1938 and it won't help the Jews do what they are entitled to do in their own land. If I were Netanyahu, I would bring out the machine guns.

    18. Earl W. Littlefield Jr says:

      It is the rioters & assaulters that the police should be restricting, not law-abiding citizens……

    19. Yechiel Baum says:

      When the Jordanians deprived the Jews from Jerusalem and our holy temple mount, we cried. When the Jews do it to us in kind, we still cry but wither way, the Arabs still laugh since they got their nefarious way in preventing us to simply pray there. HAs the world forgot that the Mufti made the temple area a stable for horses and latrines.

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