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Jordan Says Law Prevents Jews from Praying on Temple Mount

“Allowing freedom of religion incites violence” is the essence of Jordan’s message.

Jew recites the "Shema" prayer on the Temple Mount.

Jew recites the "Shema" prayer on the Temple Mount.

Jordan’s State Minister for Media Affairs warned on Monday that Israel’s allowing Jews to pray on the Temple Mount and “allowing extremist settlers to violate the sanctity of Al Aqsa Mosque under the protection of the Israeli police and army, will ignite violence and religious extremism in the region.”

Jordan’s official Petra News Agency reported that the minister, Mohammed Momani, pointed “to the religious importance of Al Aqsa Mosque to 1.7 billion Muslims as it is one of Islam’s three holiest sites and Islam’s first Qiblah.”

No mention was made that the Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest site, and the Jordan Times stated, “By law, Jews are not allowed to pray at the site and although non-Muslim visitors are permitted, such high-profile visits by right-wing government figures are very rare and tend to stoke tensions.”

The statement referred to Housing Minister Uri Ariel, who frequently visits the Temple Mount and did so on Sunday, prompting Arabs to riot and throw rocks at policemen.

“Jordan rejects Israeli escalation in Al-Aqsa as well as measures that allow radicals to violate Al-Aqsa under protection of police and occupation forces,” Momani said.

Contrary to the Jordanian report, there is no law barring Jews from praying at the Temple Mount. The Chief Rabbinate, citing Jewish laws, forbids Jews from ascending to the location where the First and Holy Temples once stood. An increasing number of national religious rabbis allow and often encourage Jews to ascend to certain parts of the Temple Mount, after immersing in a mikveh (ritual bath).

The “law” against praying on the Temple Mount is imposed by the Muslim authorities on the Temple Mount, whose a ”custodianship” was granted by Israel to Jordan, the same Jordan that closed all holy sites to Jews and Christians during its occupation of the Old City of Jerusalem and all of Judea and Samaria from 1949 to 1967.

The question remains why the Arabs are so afraid that a Jew will pray on the Temple Mount? The standard answer is that they are afraid that Jews will eventually build a synagogue there. The Arab world loves to be paranoia that the Jews in Israel secretly want to undermine the Al Aqsa mosque and cause its collapse, making way for the building of the Third Temple.

That idea is ridiculous, if for no other reason than 99 percent of the construction workers in Israel are Arabs. Can you see Arabs going to work to build the Third Temple in place of the Al Aqsa mosque?

But there is another reason the Arabs don’t want Jews praying there, or anywhere else for that matter. God might listen to the Jews’ prayers.

The Muslims are big on making themselves heard. The loudspeakers at every mosque in the world, especially in liberal Israel, produce enough noise pollution to put a Madonna concert to shame.

The loudspeakers routinely drown out Jewish prayers at the Patriarchs’ Cave in Hebron and often at the Western Wall. It brings to mind the shouts of the idol worshippers whom the Prophet Elijah challenged to offer sacrifices and bring rain to break a drought.

When the rain did not come, he asked them, “Wha’ happened? Maybe your gods are asleep? Yell a bit louder and wake them up.”

When the idol worshippers gave up, Elijah offered sacrifices, doused the altar with water and prayed to God, Who responded with a holy message – rain.

The Muslim idiots don’t realize that the essence of Jewish prayers are the Shema, recited out loud with the second verse said in a faint whisper that no one except the worshipper and God can hear, and the Silent Prayer, known as the Amidah, which is recited three times day.

God responds to prayers, not noise, and the more noise Jordan makes, the more God is going to hear the whispered prayers of Jews, even those prayers that cannot be said on the Temple Mount because of Islamic paranoia, which is the real incitement to violence.

The video below shows one of those Muslims on the Temple Mount cursing Rabbi Yehuda Glick, who was ushered by policemen off the Temple Mount lest his presence “incite violence.”

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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30 Responses to “Jordan Says Law Prevents Jews from Praying on Temple Mount”

  1. God be with ur people please help to be able to pray at the Temple Mount amen

  2. Alex Rivera says:

    Where is Israel’s democracy?

  3. In Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Lybia and Gaza.

  4. The Arabs are correct! The way to peace is to demolish the filthy mosque and start work on the Third Temple on the temple mount and let G-d deal with complaints!

  5. Tony Bruan says:

    Here is what I would tell the Jordanians about praying on the Temple Mount if I were an Israeli.. Knock, knock. Jordanian’s answer, who is there. Israeli’s answer “GETA” Jordanian’s ask “GETA WHO” Israeli’s answer “GETA” like in geta the f–k outta of here!!!

  6. I agree with Ross, destroy the dome and rebuild the temple

  7. Uh, their Country, their laws. Wish our Country would stick to ours and uphold them.

  8. Father please help your people and move the unbelievables so your children can pray to you in the holy place I pray in Jesus name amen.

  9. Build third temple today,on Temple Mount.

  10. one word….hypocrites

  11. Take back Jordan. It’s part of Jacob’s heritage anyway

  12. Allal Amrani says:

    To Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, Are you really a graduate of Journalism and economics? If yes, did you know Journalist cannot Insult people? Last but not least if you are insulting Muslims, what do you think you are doing to those Moderate Muslims who support Israel?

  13. Lithin Panz says:

    Temple Mount & Jerusalem belongs to Jews, Centuries before Islam was Invented !!

  14. Ken Man says:

    Their black hearts don’t need a reason for violence

  15. Lina Deza says:

    Why can’t they pray on their on place? If they can’t accept that then leave Israel!

  16. Seems as though a child has written this article as well as many of the comments!

  17. God hears you where ever you, ‘re at people!!!!

  18. Muslims are intolerant & still live in the 9 th century!!

  19. Kick the Muslims out of there, the temple mount does not belong to them anyway, why are they there? Get rid of the mosque, no one descended to heaven except Christ, Enoch and Elijah. Lilith’s comments are so true.

  20. To A Amrani: Since when is recitation of simple obvious truth insulting? If there are Muslims who support Israel they will not be offended by the truth.

  21. If your gods were trapped within a box or a blackened stone, you would fear the prayers of those who followed the living G-d as well. They should not fear the Jews though. They should have feared the djinn they've released from the stone, and the one they've yet to release. Through constant blood sacrifice and the silencing of your prayers, they think they can actually control entities that are far beyond us in understanding and deception. Some think they follow the living Creator, but when they do the destroyer's bidding, who do they really follow? Even if they crack the case and unleash whatever legions or swarms are left in their blackened stones and hearts, your prayers cannot be contained. You follow One that can hear a mute's prayer. Is there any place on earth or beyond in which your prayers will not be heard?

    Nobody should fear the prayers of anybody else. If the Creator wishes it, it will be done, and if He does not wish it, it will not be done. To fear their prayers is to admit that either G-d does not have free will and is controlled by men (heresy) or that our own faith is not the truth when we are fearful that the prayers of infidels will find an audience with the Creator while our faithful prayers are ignored. To deny the Jewish people prayer is to deny their own faith in their understanding of their Creator, which is sort of a positive sign as it shows they aren't really sure of their own faith.

  22. Hillel Akiba says:

    1 only Jews are permitted to build the third temple and any other holy sight. 2 we do want the temple to be built and we eventually will build a Synagogue near the site

  23. Allal Amrani says:

    Andrezel, Money speaks louder then any claim. King of Jordan received Money to surrender something he never had just like Alaska, and Louisiana States in USA, the claims for those states where surrendered in exchange for money that was paid to crooks. Also remember the case of Jewish Moroccans/Moorish, they were displaced for money that was paid to King Hassan, $500 per person.

  24. Jordan says "Law prevents" – like many Arab teachers of Islam who make up quotations [and the people listening to them don't know it], Jordan’s State Minister for Media Affairs makes up laws. He doesn't even bother to quote these "Laws". But the Jordanian Minister is in "Very Good Company": European – and American – politicians quote "International Law" against Israel without having ever even tried to know the facts of the matter. It this Orwell's "1984" or "Animal Farm"?

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