A Jewish man went to get a drink of water from the public water fountain while visiting the Temple Mount.
He was immediately assaulted by half a dozen screeching Muslim women, cursing everyone with their “Allahu Achbar”.
The police decided that the the problem was the thirsty Jewish man and told him to get a drink outside the Temple Mount.
Another Jewish man who did succeed in getting a drink was arrested.
The police have decided that Jews may not carry water with them when visiting the Temple Mount, and there are reports that the Muslims are shutting off the fountains during times when Jews are allowed to visit.
According to the police spokesperson, two Muslims praying on the Temple Mount (that’s how the police described them), were detained for questioning by the police after they tried to harass visitors on the Temple Mount. The visits continued after the disturbance.
It’s unusual for the police to detain the Muslims who harass visitors on the Temple Mount.
After 2 hours of being forced to wait, as hundred of non-Jewish tourists walked past them and were granted access to tour the Temple Mount, one young Jewish boy had enough of the Israeli police’s discrimination against religious Jews and launched a spontaneous, one-boy, non-violent, civil disobedience protest.
The boy single-handedly closed the entrance to EVERYONE, demanding that religious Jewish visitors, who were forced to wait outside for 2 hours, as everyone else passed them by, be allowed to go up to the Temple Mount too.
Joining his protest was an even younger boy.
The boy made cogent arguments and the police were clearly out-numbered by the young civil rights protester and his friend.
The police arrested them.
After the arrest, Shlomo Walfish, who filmed the video, explained in English to the watching tourists what the boy was saying and about this illegal discrimination by the police.
I see a bright future for this boy as a community organizer and civil rights activist.
And if more young Jews are willing to demand and protest for it, the state and the police will be forced to end their discrimination against religious Jews going up to the Temple Mount.
Israel’s new government has approved a five-year plan to upgrade and further develop the area around the Western Wall.
The project is already raising tensions because the Palestinian Authority is demanding Israel hand over the Old City plus much of the rest of Israel’s capital, as well as all of Judea, Samaria and Gaza to create a new Arab country to be called “Palestine.”
The Western Wall is part of the Temple Mount compound, Judaism’s holiest site, the sole remnant of the ancient Holy Temple of Jerusalem.
The Temple Mount area is also sacred to Muslims, and is considered the third holiest site in Islam.
To both, the site represents the heartbeat of the religious universe.
Israel plans to develop the area with upgraded infrastructure, improved archaeological activity and, further development of the Western Wall site, and underground tunnels that run along the length of the Wall.