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October 23, 2014 / 29 Tishri, 5775
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Posts Tagged ‘Temple Mount’

Swastika Graffiti on Temple Mount

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

At least 5 swastikas were painted on the Temple Mount at different locations, an 0404 report uncovered.

Police discovered that Arabs had painted the swastikas on the Jewish holy site.

Over the past few weeks, there’s been an escalation in Muslim desecration of the holy site, as well as rioting and attacks against police and visitors.

Arab MKs Protesting Temple Mount Restrictions for Muslims

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Following the escalating and extreme violence by Muslims on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the police have restricted Muslims access to the site, in order to reduce the likelihood they will attack Jews, police and visitors on the Jewish people’s holiest site.

On Wednesday morning, 250 Arabs protested at the Lion’s Gate against the police restrictions, though not against the ongoing Arab violence and terror that caused the police to restrict their access in the first place.

The protesters on their parts said it was not fair that Muslims were restricted from praying on the Temple Mount while Jews were allowed to pray at the Kotel.

There are no known incidents of Jews throwing Molotov cocktails and cinder blocks at visitors to the Kotel.

Among the protesters were Arab MKs Jamal Zahalka, Basel Gatz and Hanin Zoabi. Ynet reports that the protesters clashed with police as they tried to get a group of Arab women onto the mount.

Police Arrest Temple Mount Waqf Guard and Jewish Man

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

On Tuesday morning, Israeli police arrested a Waqf guard on the Temple Mount for allegedly attacking and threatening a policeman, according o a YNet report.

Also on the Temple Mount, a Jewish man was arrested for the crime of praying on the Temple Mount.

In this video, Moshe Feiglin talks about the Arab riots on the Temple Mount yesterday:

Netanyahu Tells Ban Ki-Moon Israel not an ‘Occupier’

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday that Israeli is not an “occupier” and that Hamas is an enemy of peace.

He added that the reason for Israel’s counter-terror Protective Edge campaign was Hamas rocket fire on the country.

Regarding Ban’s concern over “provocations” on the Temple Mount, Netanyahu described the daily violence and incitement by Muslims against Jews.

The Prime Minister’s statements were mainly for the record so that future historians won’t say Israel never warned the United Nations that its view of the Palestinian Authority is cockeyed.

Ban said in Ramallah earlier in the day, when he visited Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, that “while rebuilding is important, we must tackle the root causes of instability. We must give renewed attention to the West Bank. I once again strongly condemn the continued settlement activity by Israel.

“I am also deeply concerned by repeated provocations at the holy sites in Jerusalem. These only inflame tensions and must stop.”

The PLO explained to the world the meaning of the word “provocations.”

“Allowing extremist Israeli settlers to raid Al Aqsa compound protected by the Israeli police is a further proof of the belligerent agenda of the extremist Israeli government,” it said in a statement. “Such actions are part of the Israeli goal to turn Jerusalem into an exclusive Jewish city.”

‘Extremist settlers” refers to Knesset Member Moshe Feiglin, who visited the Temple Mount on Monday, again upsetting the Palestinian Authority campaign that the Temple Mount remain exclusive for Muslims.

Arab MK Aby Arar wrote on Friday to a Jewish activist, who complained that police had closed the holy site to Jews, “It should be closed all the time to Jews because they have no business there.”

Police Lock Arabs in Al Aqsa and Clear Way for Feiglin on Temple Mount [video]

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Police foiled a plot by Arab rioters to riot on the Temple Mount Monday morning and locked them inside the Al Aqsa mosque while clearing the way for Knesset Member Moshe Feiglin to ascend the holy site.

Photos from inside the Al Aqsa mosque provide ugly evidence of intentions by masked Arabs to attack police and Jews with firebombs and rocks as MK Feiglin and dozens of other Jews were to visit on Monday, the fifth day of the Sukkot holiday.

Jews had been prohibited from ascending the Temple Mount since the beginning of the holiday because of expected violence, but advance information that Arabs were stockpiling weapons inside the mosque Sunday night prompted police to surprise them and lock them inside shortly after dawn.

Police stand amid pile of rocks after shutting doors to Al Aqsa mosque.

Police stand amid pile of rocks after shutting doors to Al Aqsa mosque.

Locking rioters inside the Al Aqsa mosque has become almost a daily routine the past several days, but this time Arabs prepared themselves by beginning to place huge and heavy objects outside the doors to prevent police from forcing them inside. However, police showed up around 6:20 a.m. before the rioters could carry out their plan.

Entrance of Muslims to the Temple Mount for morning prayers was limited to men over the age of 50. Afterwards, police closed the gates of the mosque and locked the Arabs inside before they could riot.

Police then allowed Jews to ascend the holy site for the first time during the Sukkot holiday. Occasional sounds of firecrackers or firebombs were heard coming from inside the mosque and can be heard in the video below.

Feiglin said that the barring of Jews from the Temple Mount the past several days has strengthened the hands of Arab extremists, whom he identified as supporters of Hamas and ISIS.

He Was A Great Rabbi, A Soldier & He Liberated Jerusalem!

Friday, October 10th, 2014

As I have done for the past 25 years, I spent the holiest day of the year in the holiest place in the world.

In 1989 my father took me up to pray with a small group of men and women who got together on Yom Kippur. At first I was not very impressed, as the room we were praying in seemed to actually be a makeshift synagogue with a small ark and an even smaller Torah scroll. Everything looked quite bland and even the Rabbi leading the prayer looked like your average Hassidic Rabbi with a long grey beard and a big black hat.

It was only after my father told me to go look out the window did I grasp the uniqueness of where I was. Below is the view from the side room of what is known as the “Machkame”. It is ABOVE the Western Wall!

The “Machkame” was built during the Mamluk Kingdom (1329). The building held a synagogue and a Jewish study hall that looked over the Temple Mount. Later, during the Islamic occupation of the the Land of Israel, Jews were prohibited from praying or studying there and that prohibition lasted till 1967.

The Western Wall is holy to Jews only because it is the last remaining wall that surrounded the Temple.

It is what’s on the other side of the Western Wall that is really holy and where the Jewish Temple once stood.

It is no coincidence that the famous Mosque in Jerusalem with the gold dome is also called Bayit-AL-Muqqadas, which in Hebrew means a house built on the Temple!

This was the view from the “Machkame” window. 

Once I understood where I was standing, a feeling of total awe took over. The total jubilation and happiness was then over-shadowed by sadness as I watched Muslims kick around a soccer ball in an area that is so sacred to the Jewish people that only the Jewish High Priest was allowed to enter and only on Yom Kippur – and now Muslims are playing soccer there?

As I stood staring, my father gently moved my head to look at the “average” looking Rabbi who was leading the Yom Kippur prayer. “The Rabbi’s name is Rabbi Shlomo Goren”, my father explained, “he is one of the giants of the Torah world in Israel and one of the heroes of the 1967 Six Day War.”

The truth is, Rabbi Goren was NOT your average person or in fact not even your average Rabbi! He was an IDF paratrooper who fought in three wars and was the Rabbi who liberated the Old City of Jerusalem, Hebron and the Cave of the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) as well as the burial site of Rachel (wife of Jacob).

Rabbi Goren Blowing The Shofar for the first time At The Kotel in ’67

Muslims prohibited Jews from blowing the Shofar

Rabbi Goren with the IDF Paratroopers who liberated Jerusalem in ’67

Rabbi Goren after liberating the Temple Mount in ’67

It was then that my awe and admiration was turbo boosted into a whole other dimension! For the first time in 2,000 years a Jew sounded the Shofar on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. If this is not prophecy in our days, I don’t know what is!

Then there was that little Torah we read from. As I put my arms around it, I felt a bolt of spiritual lighting pierce the deepest part of my soul. It was as if I was transported back in time and could actually see and feel where this Torah has been.

High Alert on Temple Mount following Wednesday Riots

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Following Muslim riots on the Temple Mount, before Sukkot, police are restricting Muslim access to the Temple Mount on Friday only to those above the age of 50.

PM Netanyahu told the police they must increase their forces in Jerusalem, so that Arab riots do not become the norm.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/high-alert-on-temple-mount-following-wednesday-riots/2014/10/10/

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