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January 21, 2017 / 23 Tevet, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Temple Mount’

Kerry, PA, Muslim Preachers, Warn Against Moving Embassy to Jerusalem

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

The Palestinian Authority on Friday instructed the mosques under its supervision in Judea and Samaria to dedicate their sermons to the possibility that the US would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as promised by President-elect Donald Trump during his campaign.

The PA official TV channel broadcast segments of sermons imams had delivered throughout Judea and Samaria against the move. One Imam called it a blatant attack on the Muslim religion and on history. Another said it would violate the holy sites and the Al Aqsa mosque. Other called on the Islamic nation to awaken in light of the great offense.

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Friday condemned attempts by the incoming Republican president to move the American embassy, saying such a move would send the Middle East peace process and the entire world into a “crisis.”

Soon to no longer be Secretary of State John Kerry also warned on Friday about “an absolute explosion” in the Middle East following Trump’s moving the embassy to Jerusalem. In a language disturbingly similar to the threats by the PA Imams and the PA chairman, Kerry, speaking to CBS News, assured Trump that “You’d have an explosion – an absolute explosion in the region, not just in the West Bank and perhaps even in Israel itself, but throughout the region. The Arab world has enormous interest in the Haram al-Sharif, as it is called, the Temple Mount, the Dome [of the Rock], and it is a holy site for the Arab world.”

“And if all of a sudden Jerusalem is declared to be the location of our embassy,” Kerry complained, warning that such a move “has issues of sovereignty, issues of law that it would deem to be affected by that move and by the United States acquiescing in that move, and that would have profound impact on the readiness of Jordan and Egypt to be able to be as supportive and engaged with Israel as they are today.”

Perhaps. On the other hand, it’s more likely that the embassy move, which was promised by presidential Candidate Barack Obama back in 2008 (at an AIPAC conference – and he took it back the next day) is less disturbing to Jordan and Egypt than the growing instability of both regimes, for which they would desperately need support from the US and from Israel.

Abbas, for his part, said that although he is a man of peace, his administration would use “diplomatic and political methods” against moving the embassy. “I demand the American administration stop its duality in dealing with the political process, especially concerning talks of moving the American embassy to Jerusalem,” Abbas insisted. “We consider this aggressive speech that contradicts the political efforts underway on the Palestinian situation, which includes a solution where East Jerusalem remains as Palestine’s capital.”

Incidentally, speaking later to CNN, even Kerry couldn’t deny that having the American embassy in Jerusalem was the right thing to do. “We support the embassy being there one day,” Kerry said. “We want that to happen. But we have opposed unilaterally moving it without resolving the other surrounding issues.”

Next year in Jerusalem? Possibly.

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Conversations With Heroes – From Yeshiva Boys Choir to Soloist and Scholar [audio]

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

This week, musician and tour guide Gili Houpt is in the studio to take us on tour of his incredible life from suburban New Jersey to New York City’s music scene and at last to the Land of his Soul – Israel! He tells Heather about auditioning for, and touring with the famous Yeshiva Boys Choir, and his grownup life as a singer-songwriter in Manhattan with a huge following.

Now a husband and father, Gili talks about his young family’s move to Israel, followed by an intensive two-year training regimen to earn certification as a licensed tour guide with Israel’s Ministry of Tourism. These days, he weaves his music into many of the tours he leads around Israel for celebrities, dignitaries, and civilians like us.

In addition to his great insights about the holiest nooks and crannies on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Gili explains the policy at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, which was set up to ensure that Jews and Muslims may peacefully pray at this holy site.

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All music on today’s program was written and performed by Gili Houpt.

You can email Gili Houpt at: tourguide2israel@gmail.com

Check out Gili’s Facebook page, “Gili Houpt” to hear some of his music and see remarkable images of his guided tours.

Conversations With Heroes 04Jan2017 – PODCAST

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Minister Regev Presents 67 CE ‘Great Rebellion’ Coin at Cabinet Meeting

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev on Sunday presented at the start of the cabinet meeting a coin discovered by a team of her office about a month ago, as part of the preparation for the public revelation of the Pilgrims’ Road which was recently unearthed at the City of David. The presentation and the planned public event mark the coming jubilee of the liberation and unification of Jerusalem.

The coin bears on one side a vine leaf and the statement “Freedom of Zion.” On the opposite side it bears a standing cup and the statement “Second year of the great rebellion” – the year 67 CE.

“Precisely 1,900 years later, in 1967, the paratroopers entered the Old City of Jerusalem and renewed her and our freedom, returning Jewish sovereignty to Jerusalem,” Minister Regev said. “We dumped in history’s trash bin the coins minted by [General and later Roman emperor ] Titus following his victory over the rebels [with the statement] ‘Judaea Capta’ (Captive Judea),” she added, “and we returned to liberated Judea, to free and unified Jerusalem, and this is how it will remain for eternity.”

Regev mocked the infamous UNESCO resolution this fall that the Jewish people have no historic connection to the Temple Mount and even the Western Wall, saying Israel’s return to the Biblical sites of Judea and Samaria, which are drenched in Jewish history, repudiate that grotesque resolution.

During Hanukkah, the Ministry of Culture and the Israel Antiquities Authority will hold an event revealing the streets of ancient Jerusalem, where the Maccabees once strolled, and celebrating 50 years since the liberation of the city. The event will open to the public ancient Jerusalem’s main street and its commercial hub, which was used by the pilgrims on the holidays to come up from the Pool of Siloam on the southern slope of the City of David, up to the courtyard of the Temple Mount.

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Police Arrest Jewish Man for Saying Sh’ma Israel [video]

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

A Jewish man, 18, was arrested during a tour of the Temple Mount Sunday morning for saying Sh’ma Israel, Honenu legal aid society reported. The young man’s glasses were broken in the altercation with police.

When the young man’s tour group reached the eastern side of the Temple Mount, he asked to speak and said, “The news is full of Amona and all the fires. I don’t know about divine thinking, but I know God told the people of Israel – you don’t care about My Torah, or about the site of My Temple, so what’s the point in your thinking whether it’s the fault of the Arabs or not. It’s our fault. So we have to cry out in a loud voice, Sh’ma Israel, [Hashem Elokeinu, Hashem Echad].”

Police who were accompanying the group immediacy rushed the young man, breaking his glasses. He was arrested, and is being represented by Honenu attorney Rehavia Pilz.

In Israel, Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount is completely forbidden. Jews may enter only to visit the place, and only at limited times. Muslims are free to pray on Temple Mount five times a day, every day. Jews are forbidden from singing, praying, or making any kind of “religious displays.” These include closing one’s eyes for a suspicious length of time while moving one’s lips, and even making a blessing on an apple. Jews who are observed making those religious gestures are quickly pointed out by Jordanian Waqf agents to Israeli police on site, resulting in arrests and followed by court bans against these individuals.

During times of political tension and fear of riots, on Fridays and some Jewish or Muslim Holy Days entry to the Temple Mount area is restricted to Muslim men over a certain age, which varies according to decisions taken by security officials. The restrictions do not concern Muslim women, who can enter regardless of their age.

Israel’s Declaration of Independence states: “The State of Israel […] will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.”


David Israel

Netanyahu Nixes MKs Return to Temple Mount

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says it’s not yet time to allow Israeli lawmakers back on the Temple Mount.

Speaking at Monday’s meeting of the Likud faction, Netanyahu said, “The decision [not to allow MKs to ascend to the Temple Mount] will not change soon.

For nearly a year, Israeli lawmakers were banned from the site by an edict issued by the prime minister, in order to minimize tensions with Arab agitators. But the Jerusalem District Police commander recommended last month that Knesset members and Israeli ministers again be allowed to ascend to the Temple Mount.

At the time, Netanyahu said he would huddle with security officials to “listen to their position” and then make a decision.

During the faction meeting, however, Netanyahu said that police recommendation to relax the ban on lawmakers from the site “was not a recommendation, ” he said, “but rather, only an assessment of the situation.

“At the moment, you all understand that it is sensitive timing,” he added, noting that any change in the policy at this time would be “problematic.”

Temple Mount activists were outraged, and in response, said they “condemn the illegal and undemocratic conduct” of the prime minister regarding the Temple Mount.

“The continued damage to Jewish rights in general, as well as to the functioning of elected officials must stop immediately,” the activists said in a statement issued to media.

Hana Levi Julian

Jewish Organizations Protest UNESCO Insult to Judaism

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Words of history, political and emotional connections to Jerusalem, the Temple Mount, the Kotel (Western Wall) and the Dead Sea Scrolls were emphasized by speaker after speaker on Thursday, November 10th at a march and rally protesting UNESCO’s effort to erase Jews and Judaism from the Temple Mount.

The most recent effort by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was a resolution referring to the holy sites both on and around the Temple Mount solely by their Arabic names. This resolution seeks to invalidate any claim  of the Jewish people to our holiest site, the marchers explained.

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Speaker after speaker including Rabbi Avi Weiss and Mothers Against Terrorism’s Hillary Barr led chants of “Shame On Unesco” during the peaceful rally. There was also singing and dancing.

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Jews and Non-Jews, young and old chanted, “We Stand With Israel,” as representatives of more than a dozen Jewish organizations, waved Israeli and American flags in unison.

unesco-rosenthal“Although the election is over, the fight for issues that matter to the community goes on. I was very pleased to speak at the rally opposing UNESCO’s ongoing attempt to sever the connection between the Jewish people and the land of Israel because this is a matter of great concern to the community — and is of critical importance to US national security. We need leaders who will stand up to the UN on behalf of the United States and Israel, and I stand ready to help in any capacity I can,” stated Phil Rosenthal, recent congressional candidate and board member of the Endowment for Middle East Truth, EMET.

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Those interested in joining the effort to protest UNESCO’s efforts to erase Jewish ties to Jerusalem were encouraged to sign a petition.

Jewish Press Staff

Trump’s Chief Israel Adviser: ‘He Does Not Define Settlements as Obstacle to Peace’

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Donald Trump’s chief Israel adviser Jason Greenblatt on Thursday told Army Radio that his boss “does not define settlements as obstacle to peace, and he would prove this by pointing to the situation in the Gaza Strip, where the Jewish settlements were evacuated and peace still has not arrived.”

Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Greenblatt suggested that “Trump thinks Israel is in a difficult situation and must defend herself. Peace must arrive through a bilateral initiative and he has no plan to get involved in it.”

Regarding the UNESCO resolution ignoring the Jewish connection to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, Greenblat said the President Elect recognizes the right of the Jewish nation to its eternal capital Jerusalem and is disgusted by the resolution.

To keep things balanced, Army Radio also interviewed former US Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk, who said, with noted condescension, “If the Israeli right knows what Trump position regarding Israel is, I believe they know more than Trump does.”

Indyk urged Israelis to take the President Elect’s promises with a grain of salt, since his position on Israel “is quite unclear, he says different things to different groups. We simply don’t know.”

According to Indyk, Trump will follow all past presidents who promised to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “He is not the first presidential candidate to promise this, which is why I won’t be surprised if he doesn’t do it,” Indyk said.

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