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‘Catch-22″ Comes to the Temple Mount

Friday, September 4th, 2015

“Catch-22″ has come to the Temple Mount.

To be more exact, it has come miles away from the holy site.

A rally for a law “restoring all Jewish rights on the Temple Mount including prayer” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

The logical place for the rally would be on the Temple Mount, but since the police don’t even let large groups of Jews to ascend to the holy site, a demonstration there is impossible, unless it is one of Muslims protesting the presence of Jews. Instead, the rally will be held at the western entrance to Jerusalem, at the “Chords Bridge.”

The advantage of staging the rally at the bridge is that will be seen by thousands of people leaving and entering the capital.

Another Brick in the Wall

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Israeli artists build an ice wall at the Davidson Center, near the Kotel in Jerusalem.

The wall was based on a piece by American artist Allan Kaprow who built something similar in Israel, in 1980, perpendicular to the Temple Mount.

Photos by Yonatan Sindel / Flash90.

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‘Arise and Ascend’ — A New Guide to the Temple Mount

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

After all that has happened over this past year, one would think that Rabbi Yehuda Glick would still be trying to recuperate from gunshot wounds suffered in an assassination attempt by an Arab terrorist last October. But Glick, founder and head of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, has been busy with other things – among them, the creation of a unique new guidebook to the Temple Mount.

“Arise and Ascend: A Guide to the Temple Mount” is already in print in the Russian language. Glick is now in the process of raising funds to publish the guidebook in Hebrew and English.

The book, written by Dr. Meir Antopolsky, is a joint effort between the Foundation and the Meeting Place Association of Jerusalem. According to a release sent to media by Glick’s Foundation, the goal of the project is to make the Temple Mount “accessible and meaningful to its visitors and to the millions of people around the world who want to learn more about the site,” the holiest in Judaism and third holiest in Islam.

The first advance copy of the book was presented by Glick to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in a meeting during which the two discussed the present situation on the Temple Mount.

“He who does not study and understand his past misses out on any understanding of the present and the future,” Netanyahu said during the meeting. “This is the only way we can really understand the connection between the people of Israel [and] Jerusalem.”

The book is researched from historical, archaeological, religious, and Biblical perspectives. It leads visitors on a self-guided walking tour in a path that Glick says is intended to preserve the sanctity of the Temple Mount.

Included are maps, time lines and color photos, and the book cites scholastic as well as Biblical and Talmudic sources. The text draws from historical accounts, archaeological records and scriptural verses to reconstruct the site as it was in the past and to explain its present condition.

Also included are introductions by “moderate” personalities from each of the three monotheistic faiths: Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Each of the three is controversial in his own right, but each also has a mammoth worldwide following.

Israel’s Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi of the city of Efrat in Gush Etzion, is known for his interfaith activities and his tolerant views. “According to the Bible, the Creator and Master of the world has a ‘dwelling place’ in this world. The Holy Temple in Jerusalem – the City of God, the City of Peace (shalom), the City of Wholeness (shalem) – is ultimately to be the source from which teachings of love, morality and peace will extend to all the families of the earth (Isaiah 2, Micah 4)… The Guide to the Temple Mount is a user-friendly handbook that carefully examines the present reality on the Temple Mount and through it provides glimpses of the past and a vision for the future,” Riskin writes.

Istanbul-based Islamic scholar and prolific author Adnan Oktar hosts a satellite television talk show on A9TV. He, too, is known for his interfaith work and tolerant ways. “The Temple Mount is a holy place that we wish to be the abode of love, peace and brotherhood,” Oktar writes. “We pray that this site becomes a peaceful place where we can express our faith, allegiance, submission and love of God.

American Pastor Keith Johnson is also well known around the world for his moderation and particularly for having founded the Biblical Foundations Academy International. “I pray that all who make their way to this sacred place will interact with the historical, archaeological, and biblical information in this book and personally experience the promise of the One who said, ‘I have consecrated this house which you have built by putting My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.” (1 Kings 9:3)

Temple Sherpa Yehudah Glick Escaped Assassination, Now Crowdsourcing Guide to Temple Mount

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

(JNi.media) In October, 2014, Rabbi Yehuda Glick gave a speech at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem, and when he came out, a man on a motorcycle who spoke with a “thick Arab accent” approached him, asked if he was Yehuda Glick, and shot him four times in the chest. Glick, who survived the assassination attempt, later related that the gunman had apologized before firing at him, saying: “I’m very sorry, but you’re an enemy of Al-Aqsa, I have to.”

Rabbi Glick’s claim to fame as enemy of the early eighth century mosque standing at the Temple Mount Compound, probably stems from his years of leading groups of Jews on walks on the Temple Mount, and his being arrested repeatedly while praying, walking and filming videos in the same place. In October 2013, Glick began a hunger strike to protest a police ban on his entry to the compound, resulting in the police removing the ban after 12 days. An Israeli court awarded Glick damages for two wrongful arrests that took place as he attempted to film officials denying entry to the Temple Mount to Jews dressed in visibly religious clothing. Those are the prerequisites for being an enemy of Al-Aqsa.

Police traced the shooting suspect, Mutaz Hijazi, to the mixed Arab/Jewish neighborhood of Abu Tor. Israeli police said their attempts at arrest were met by gunfire, which resulted in Hijazi’s death.

A year later, Rabbi Glick is celebrating his recovery with the launching by his Temple Mount Heritage Foundation of an online crowdfunding campaign to raise enough money to publish his Temple Mount guidebook, “Arise and Ascend: A Guide to the Temple Mount,” in Hebrew and English, with the Russian language version already in print.

The guide was written by Dr. Meir Antopolsky, whose day job is as Attending Physician in the Dept. of Emergency Medicine at Hadassa Medical Center on Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem.

“Arise and Ascend” has been endorsed by religious leaders around the world and includes introductions by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, American Pastor Keith Johnson, and Muslim and Islamic scholar Adnan Oktar. The first advance copy of the book was presented by Rabbi Glick to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a meeting during which the two discussed the present situation on the Temple Mount. “He who does not study and understand his past misses out on any understanding of the present and the future,” Netanyahu said during the meeting. “This is the only way we can really understand the connection between the people of Israel [and] Jerusalem.”

The book, researched from historical, archaeological, religious, and Biblical perspectives, leads visitors on a self guided walking tour in a clearly laid out path intended to preserve the sanctity of the Temple Mount. It includes maps, timelines, and color photos, and cites scholastic as well as Biblical and Talmudic sources, drawing from historical accounts, archeological records and scriptural verses to reconstruct the site as it was in the past and explain its present condition.

The online campaign to publish the guidebook was launched Tuesday on Causematch.com. The campaign’s initial goal is to raise $10,000, which will be matched by donors for a total of $20,000 which will be used to print and disseminate copies of the guide book. To date, the appeal has raised $1,270.

Vatican and Palestinian Authority Clash over Flag-Raising at UN

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority is trying to pull a fast one on the Vatican by sponsoring a motion in the United Nations to allow the flags of two non-member states, itself and the Vatican, to wave at the headquarters in New York.

The Vatican is anxious for its flag to be flown in honor of Pope Francis’ visit that is scheduled for next month. Although it is one of the leaders of the fan club to see the Palestinian Authority become another Arab state, it is less than thrilled at Mahmoud Abbas’ latest trick.

It asked the PA’s mission at the United Nations to drop the idea of linking the Palestinian Authority with the Vatican on the draft resolution for allowing the flags to be raised.

The Palestinian Authority resolution refers to flags of non-member observer states, specifically the Palestinian Authority and the Vatican, and states:

[They] shall be raised at the United Nations Headquarters and Offices following the flags of the member states of the United Nations.

Reuters reported that the Vatican mission at the United Nations circulated a note to some member countries stating:

The Holy See asks the Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine to the United Nations kindly to remove in its draft resolution any reference to the ‘Holy See’ and any generic reference ‘on behalf of the Observer States.’

If the Palestinian Authority backs down, it still could table a separate resolution that its flag fly at the United Nation, since allowing the Vatican flag to be raised would set a precedent.

The Palestinian Authority has been building symbols for statehood for years. In the Intifada in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Israeli soldiers spent much of their time chasing after Arabs who tried to raise the Palestinian Authority flag on roads.

Eventually, the IDF lost the battle, and even Hamas flags and a few ISIS flags fly everywhere today, not only in Judea and Samaria but even in some Arab cities in Israel and sometimes on the Temple Mount.

If the Palestinian Authority flag ends up flying at the United Nations, don’t get too excited.

Every time the Palestinian Authority wins another symbol for statehood, it puffs its chest even more, but in reality, Abbas has done everything to defer statehood by increasing his demands beyond the limits all but the most far-left radicals in Israel would accept.

Minister Erdan Shocks Police by Naming Former IDF Officer as New Chief

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

The nomination of former senior IDF officer Gal Hirsch to head the police force is sending shock waves through the police who will have to deal with a commander untainted by corruption or sex scandals. Hirsch even thinks terrorists should be shot.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan of the Likud nominated Hirsch last night, one day after the minister wrote a letter to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon calling on him to bar two radical Muslim groups from entering the Temple Mount, where they are paid to harass and attack Jews.

The two moves are related. Both of them reflect Erdan’s no-nonsense approach to the police allowing anarchy at Judaism’s most holy site and to a moral decaying police force that is viewed with disgust by most of the public. Hirsch is to replace Yohanan Danino, whose weeks-long farewell extravaganza were the tasteless icing on an unsavory cake of egocentricity.

Hirsch, whose nomination must be approved by the government and a non-governmental committee before he can take over as police chief, brings with him a far from perfect past, particularly because of his alleged failure at the beginning of the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

The 51-year-old general left the IDF three years ago and now is chairman of an educational NGO and a consulting company. The Winograd Committee that investigated the IDF’s management of the war concluded that Hirsch was not to blame for events that set off the war, the kidnapping and murder of reservists Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev by Hezbollah

Erdan candidly explained that he could not find someone within the police force who satisfied his requirements to head the law enforcement agency.

He referred to corruption scandals and sexual harassment by several senior police officers, but he had no need to clarify his reasons.

The image of the police is filthy, and the most recent blunder was the police allowing a known maniac with hate for homosexuals to walk freely at a homosexual parade in Jerusalem earlier this month, even though he was fresh out of jail and was an obvious suspect to attack people at the parade.

He now faces a charge of murdering a teenage girl whom he stabbed to death. He also knifed several other people at the parade.

Erdan, in a gross understatement, said that the public’s trust in the police has suffered “much damage.”

Top police officers, including at least one who thought he should be appointed as new commander, are furious at Erdan for naming someone from outside the clubhouse.

The police may have to get used to a new kind of policy, one that has zero tolerance for sexual harassment, brutality, especially against Arabs and right-wing Jews, and corruption.

Perhaps Hirsch might even be able to improve the traffic police, who know how to set radar traps and then set the wrong example for motorists by speeding when they are finished handing out tickets.

No Arab Women and Children Hecklers Allowed on Temple Mount

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Arab women and children who have spent more than a week harassing Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount were barred from entering the site this morning (Tuesday, August 25) by security forces.

Adult Arab men with Israeli identification cards are being allowed to enter the site, according to Israel Police, but are being asked to leave within a half hour of their entry. In addition, Israel Police are not allowing the men to gather in groups at the exit of the Temple Mount, next to Ohel Yitzchak and harass Jews, as has happened in the past.

There have been reports of clashes at the exit gates of the Temple Mount near Ohel Yitzchak with Muslims who were pushed back after they had attempted to attack Jews within the compound.

Nevertheless, visits to the site were allowed to continue despite the attempted provocations, which are aimed precisely at forcing the police to close the site to non-Muslims.

The restrictions came in the wake of recent violence by the burka-clad women and Arab children, who were terrorizing every Jewish visitor to the site. The Arab hecklers clearly answered to Islamic authorities, who were seen in several videos telling them to be quiet during questioning at the entrance to the site — and they immediately lowered the volume of their chants.

Once away from the entrance, however, the Arab women and children instantly resumed clapping their hands in visitors’ faces, bursting water balloons and popping other balloons, and incessantly screaming “Allahu Akbar! (God is Great) at the top of their lungs, crowding as close to the Jews as possible.

Last week one burka-clad Arab woman viciously punched an elderly Jewish woman in the ribs and then swiftly slipped back among the other burka-clad women; it was impossible to know who was guilty of the assault.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/arab-women-attackers-barred-from-temple-mount/2015/08/25/

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