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Analysis: MK Yehuda Glick Just Keeps On Glicking

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

For a newly appointed Member of Knesset, American-born Yehuda Glick (Likud) is not exactly keeping his head down in the back benches. Since before his swearing-in, Glick has been engaged in a seemingly endless monologue, over his Facebook page and through the media, about his belief system and political agenda, which—to everyone’s surprise—is much more liberal and centrist than one would have expected from a “rightwing extremist,” the tag the media had tied to his big toe.

So he started posting very mainstream, rational, even slightly left-leaning messages, including his shock at the behavior of that IDF soldier who shot and killed a terrorist who was already lying on the ground. That statement made him some favorable headlines, and soon enough he became a kind of pet-rightwinger, sharing his views on everything to the amusement of the readers everywhere.

Yehuda Glick is a serious man, despite his disheveled red hair and rumpled suits. He has been a consistent voice in favor of Jewish presence on the Temple Mount, and almost paid for it with his life when an Arab terrorist tried to assassinate him at point-blank. But he should probably be more careful when he gives interviews to, say Ha’aretz, spewing what sounds like radical observations without the benefit of historic or scholarly context. It’s difficult to overestimate the ignorance of the average Israeli leftwing reader of traditional Jewish sources, and so one probably should refrain from making the following observation:

“The Kotel is important to me just like the whole Old City is important to me,” Glick told Ha’aretz on Tuesday. “There’s no difference between the Western Wall and the eastern wall, the southern and northern walls. The Kotel is important to me because millions of Jews raise their eyes to it. But the Temple Mount is the only holy site. The Kotel doesn’t have that. It is a heaven and earth kind of difference. It’s like your parking garage is important to you, but you won’t compare your parking garage to your bedroom. So I’m not comparing the Kotel to a parking garage, but it does not have the same holiness as the Temple Mount.”

The fact is, Glick is absolutely right. The Temple Mount is where two Jewish temples have stood, while the Kotel was a supporting wall built by King Herod around the year zero, during the renovations of the Temple. As someone who shares Glick’s love for the Temple Mount, I understand his frustration when he looks down on the multitudes gathered like working ants by the Kotel, when all they have to do is walk up twenty yards and with their sheer numbers break through the police barricades, the Arab threats, everything, and stand in an earth-changing Amidah prayer where it counts.

I would venture that very few of Glick’s readers in Ha’aretz Tuesday understood that this is what he meant. Because this is what he said further on in the interview: “This is a place that causes harm, because people think it’s a holy place, and they think it’s a substitute for the Temple Mount. People come to the Kotel and feel they’ve reached the summit. It’s not a summit, it’s nothing. People are enjoying the substitute, which in my eyes is a desecration of God.”

Again, Glick is not so far from the truth, although he does step on the toes of literally millions of good Jews who have flocked to the Kotel over the centuries, and especially since 1967. And next, to the delight of the left, Glick outright condemns good Jews who pray at the Kotel:

“God said that He chose one place and people come and say, ‘that’s not true, we decided You picked a different place.’ It’s almost tantamount to the sin of the gold calf, when the whole nation said, ‘This is your god, Israel.’ It’s a huge desecration of God. … It’s almost similar to if the Zionists had gone to Uganda despite the fact that God said the Land of Israel.”

And so, in three paragraphs, MK Yehuda Glick removed his covers of a liberal democrat, protector of fallen terrorists and lover of every person, and revealed the raging fundamentalist within, unable to contain his ire at the multitudes who just won’t listen.

The fact is, Yehuda Glick is not that kind of a fundamentalist, although he is willful and persistent. He is kind and sweet, and probably the best representative the lovers of the Temple Mount have found in many years. Former MK Moshe Feiglin was also a persistent advocate for Jewish ascent to the Temple Mount, but his style is too precise and restrained to appeal to the masses the way Glick has been doing.

Glick should beware, though, of his newly acquired power, and avoid delivering to the unschooled messages they cannot truly comprehend. By telling the Ha’aretz readers that the Kotel is just like the gold calf (he said no such thing, but I’ll bet you, that’s what they took away) he did not advance the cause of Jewish redemption. Let’s hope he didn’t harm it much.

David Israel

A Beautiful Morning in Jerusalem

Monday, May 30th, 2016
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Heather Larson Takes Tightrope Act to Old City [video]

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

(JNi.media) Her arms stretched to her sides for balance, American slackliner Heather Larsen on Monday walked the tightrope across a narrow, 100 ft. stretch from the Tower of David, also known as the Jerusalem Citadel, in Jerusalem’s Old City.

“Learning about these places growing up and being able to come and visit, and then actually being able to perform my craft right here, is a very incredible experience,” Larsen said. She wore a harness attached to the line. She experienced a few tiny wobbles, but completed the walk gracefully, and added a few crowd pleasing stunts.

A very incredible experience, indeed.

Heather Larson has been slacklining for four years and, as her website puts it, has been pushing the limits for herself on highlines for two and a half years. She trains with fellow athletes in Golden, CO on lines in the park, as well as highlines in Clear Creek Canyon. Through many ventures into the canyon with her slackline partner, Josh Beaudoin, Heather has become a knowledgeable highline rigger and rigs many of her own lines. Last fall, Heather participated in Slacklust: Coast to Crest tour of California, rigging lines across the state with other talented climbers and highliners. She is recognized as one of the top female highliners in the world and is continually developing the realm of tricks on highlines. With a personal highline record of 142 ft., Heather is looking forward to sending longer length highlines and inspiring others to learn and grow with her in the sport.

The Tower of David is an ancient citadel located near the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. The citadel that stands on that spot today dates back to the Mamluk and Ottoman periods (13th-14th centuries). It was built on the site of an earlier ancient fortification of the Hasmonean, Herodian, Byzantine and Early Muslim periods, having been destroyed during the Crusader occupation. The Tower of David contains important archaeological finds dating back more than 2,000 years, as well as a quarry dated to the First Temple period.

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8 Jews Ejected from Temple Mount, Passover Day 4

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

For the third day in a row, Israel Police removed eight Jews from the Temple Mount, five of them by 10 am Tuesday, the fourth day of Passover. Every day so far this week, Jews have been thrown out of the grounds of the Temple Mount by Israeli security forces. On Tuesday, eight were arrested by midday.

Two were removed and arrested for bowing during their tour of the grounds in a manner that resembled the ancient prayers of the holy Temple times, according to a statement by the Honenu legal aid group.

“During visits to the Temple Mount groups the security forces removed three Jewish visitors who violated the rules for visiting the site,” an Israel Police spokesperson said in a statement shortly after 9:30 am. “Visitation hours will continue as planned.” The next two Jews were arrested shortly after.

There have been numerous summary detentions and ejections so far this holiday. Occasionally, a police spokesperson has told media that one or more of the Jews was caught “praying.”

Some Jews actually have been seen dramatically covering their eyes and reciting the “Sh’ma” prayer to the heavens and earth. It is an unusual occurrence these days, and one that is a real act of utter defiance.

The “Sh’ma” is Judaism’s call to the faithful, and a warning to those who are not: “Hear O Israel, the Lord Our God, the Lord is One. Blessed Be His Name Whose glorious Kingdom is forever.”

To a Muslim Arab, it is tantamount to the jihadist’s “Allahu Akbar!” – The Arabic shout of ‘God is Great!’ – yelled just prior to holy war. But most of the time, a Jew recites the Sh’ma prayer as part of routine services three times a day, in addition to every night just before retiring to bed.

However, the Sh’ma is also said on one’s deathbed – and in life-threatening situations, including war – so it is in this respect the prayer parallels the “Allahu Akbar.”

Clearly the Muslims on the Temple Mount are well aware of this, although some of the hapless Jewish tourists who ascend to the site may themselves not be aware of the prayer’s deepest ramifications.

Some of the Jewish tourists are so moved by their experience they murmur recite the only Hebrew prayer they have ever learned, the one passed down to them by their ancestors: the Sh’ma.

Imagine their shock when they are grabbed roughly by an Israeli police officer and dragged away off the grounds and into a precinct, all the while either in silence or with a scolding in Hebrew which they often don’t even speak or understand … Israeli hasbara at its best.

Hana Levi Julian

Technion Rabbi Arrested at Temple Mount

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Rabbi Dr. Elad Dukov of the Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa was arrested Monday afternoon, according to the Tazpit Press Service (TPS).

Dukov was taken into custody by Israeli security forces at the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, leaving five children stranded by themselves on the site, TPS reported.

The circumstances behind the rabbi’s arrest are not clear.

Last week, Rabbi Yehuda Glick of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation and Rabbi Yisrael Ariel of The Temple Institute were both arrested while visiting the site.

Thirteen visitors were detained Sunday while visiting the ancient site where both Jewish Holy Temples of Jerusalem once stood, 12 of them Jews. The Temple Mount is the holiest site on earth in Judaism, and the third holiest site in Islam.

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An American Rabbi’s ‘Experience’ at The Temple Mount

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Following is the experience of an American rabbi who went with his wife to visit the Temple Mount in Jerusalem this week, thinking it would be the exciting Zionist experience it once was decades ago.

It was indeed “exciting” but not quite in the way he expected.

“My wife and I almost earned a spot in the news today. Or at least on a police blotter. And I was mostly innocent.

“Since the 1960s when my family and I freely and unafraid explored all of the Muslim holy sites on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, I have wanted to revisit it,” he told JewishPress.com in an exclusive interview. With the recent excitement about who controls the area, my wife and I decided that this time we would have to include it.

“We arrived on time for visiting hours at the end of a long queue of people anxious to climb the long ramp from the plaza level of the Kotel to the Temple Mount. We saw people from every nook and cranny of the world and enjoyed listening to all of their languages as we waited for the gate at the front to open. Naturally, security is very tight,” he acknowledged.

“After roughly 100 others had filed through we brought up the rear. My wife placed her purse on the table and walked through the metal detector to the other side without arousing as much as a blink from the police. I emptied my pockets, set my cell phone and pen on the table and the guards motioned for me to remove my hat.”

That’s when the “excitement” began.

“A gasp and hurried instructions to one another were immediate, and they demanded our passports. There, to the apparent shock of every guard, perched on my head was a kippah. The chief of the micro police force receded into a small office, emerging about five minutes later still holding the passports and glaring at me. Obviously I was a troublemaker.”

The police chief was clearly irritable, according to the rabbi, who said he was told to “calm down” when he asked him whether they should leave or whether his wife could go up on her own.

“Do you want to go to jail?” the burly police chief reportedly rasped. About 20 minutes later, after a few more office retreats and whispered conversations with the other guards, the officer strode over to the rabbi.

“Where is your Kippah?” he demanded to know. By then the rabbi had removed it; he showed him that he had placed it in a carry bag. “I was willing to suffice with the hat to avoid looking Jewish; I shared with him my business card identifying me as a rabbi, to further assure him that I was aware of the delicate situation and would act responsibly.”

That was clearly a mistake: the police chief now appeared to be convinced the rabbi was intending to do “something religious” up on the Temple Mount, the rabbi said. “He retreated once again into his office, ostensibly to check with “the office” to determine if I was previously known to the police as an agitator.

“With only a few minutes left in the one hour allotment, he finally reemerged, handed back my business card, and told me to put on my kippah. ‘Come, go up,’ he groused at me. My wife and I began the trek up the ramp, a bit surprised but glad nevertheless. A young haredi-religious guard – kippah, tzitzit, long peyyot and unarmed – joined us. Halfway up we were greeted and flanked by two heavily armed policemen.

“At the top of the ramp, as we approached the holy ground, several more police surrounded us in a very tight circle. In this formation we begin a slow march onto the grounds.

Hana Levi Julian

Police Foil Terror Stabbing Attack at Damascus Gate

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Jerusalem police foiled an attempted terror attack Tuesday morning at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

Police stationed at the gate noticed a suspicious-looking Arab hanging around the area and approached to question him.

They discovered the 26-year-old man, a resident of the Palestinian Authority city of Jenin, had a knife hidden up his shirt sleeve.

“The alertness and operational skills of the officers prevented an attack on security forces and innocent bystanders,” said the commander of the post, praising the officers.

The suspect was arrested and transferred to security personnel for further questioning.

It was the third straight day in which an attempted terror attack was thwarted by police in the same location.

Hana Levi Julian

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