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Rabbi Yehuda Glick Arrested for Temple Mount Contraband

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Israel Police arrested Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick at the Western Wall (Kotel) Plaza on Thursday.

Glick was charged with ‘peddling.’

The police claim Glick, who has a full-time job, was selling bangles at the Kotel.

Printed on the stretchy bracelets were the words, “The Temple Mount is in our hands!” – the famous phrase coined by IDF General Motta Gur when he liberated the Old City of Jerusalem in 1967.

Tour guide Yehuda Glick (right) leading a group on Temple Mount.

Tour guide Yehuda Glick (right) leading a group on Temple Mount.

The tall, red-bearded Glick is a well-known and recognizable figure. He said he was approached by some students who asked him for a few of the Temple Mount bracelets, at which point a police officer came over and arrested him for peddling.

Glick regularly leads tour groups onto the Temple Mount, which has led to his routine arrest and general harassment by the Israel Police.

Below is the famous video of General Motta Gur announcing, “The Temple Mount is in our hands!” while on the Temple Mount.

Today the police would probably arrest Gur for saying that there.

Arab Protesters Arrested on Temple Mount

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Six Arab protesters were allegedly arrested Tuesday on the Temple Mount in an unusual move in the Old City of Jerusalem after they harassed Jews by chanting slogans at those who were touring the site.

Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told The Jewish Press at midday that all six male youths who were involved in the incident were taken into custody by officers from the David District  “for attempting to disturb visits taking place.” He added that “visits on the Temple Mount are continuing regularly.” No entry restrictions were deemed necessary, he said. 

Generally police respond to such incitement by removing all tourists and closing the site to all visitors except Muslim women of all ages, and Muslim men with Israeli identity cards, age 50 and up. Jews are also arrested for even moving their lips when touring the Temple Mount, in fear they may be “praying” on the site.

Earlier this week two Knesset members announced they plan to propose a bill that for the first time would allow Jews to pray on the Temple Mount, using religious items such as a tallit (prayer shawl), tefillin (phylacteries) and a siddur (prayer book). The lawmakers did not tell Ynet, which published the report,when the draft of the controversial measure would be brought to the floor for a vote.

At present the Muslim Waqf Authority controls the Temple Mount site in tandem with the Jordanian government, under an agreement with the State of Israel. The site is located at the heart of the conflict between the Palestinian Authority and Israel; the PA insists that Israel hand over the Old City and a significant part of its capital city, Jerusalem, so it can create a new Arab country within Israel’s borders, using the Jerusalem piece as the capital for its new state, “Palestine.” Israel is expected to hand over all of its own Jewish holy places as part of that deal.

The Temple Mount, site of the “holy of holies” located within the two ancient Holy Temples in the Jewish faith, is the most sacred place on earth in the Jewish religion.

It is the third holiest site in Islam, and the place on which two mosques are built – the smaller Dome of the Rock, and the large Al Aqsa Mosque, wherein on most Fridays an imam delivers a fiery anti-Israel sermon urging followers to destroy the Jewish State.

Arab governments around the world use the site as an incitement tool with which to inflame passions and rally local Arabs against the state.

Likud, Labor MK s Unite to Submit Temple Mount Prayer Bill

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Two Knesset members from separate ends of the political spectrum plan to submit a bill allowing Jews to pray on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Likud MK Miri Regev and Labor MK Hilik Bar say they will unite to advance the measure, but were mum on when. “There is no reason that Jews should not be allowed to pray in the holiest site in the world,” Regev said, according a report this weekend by Ynet.

The bill is intended to promote co-existence, added Bar. “I insisted the authority of the Muslim Waqf not be harmed, but Muslims must understand that we also have a right to pray there. I see in these holy sites the cradle of our existence. If someone on the left has complaints against Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, they will have a hard time claiming that other ethnic groups suffer discrimination,” he added.

Jews are not allowed to even move their lips when touring the site, considered the holiest place on earth in Judaism.

Muslims pray in front of the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount

Muslims pray in front of the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount

Many times Muslims in the area simply accuse Jews of “praying” and police immediately force the “suspect” into custody and off the grounds, fearing violent reactions by Arabs if they don’t.  By contrast, Muslim children run freely throughout the plaza area, even playing soccer around the site.

The fiercest verbal provocations by Arabs are generally met by stony silence by Israeli police when accompanying Jewish tour groups, and usually also by hurrying their charges away. Sometimes closure of the site to anyone other than Muslims follows as well — even if the site has just opened and it is the eve of a Jewish holiday.

The Al Aqsa mosque located on the Mount has become a hotspot for fiery sermons each Friday that whip worshipers into a frenzy of hatred against the State of Israel. The site has also been at the center of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The PA has insisted the Old City — including all Jewish holy sites — must be handed over to be part of a capital for its hoped-for independent state.

Arab rioters carefully store piles of rocks, bottles and other handy missiles in the mosque that they can hurl at Jews – or police — when “protesting” after prayers have ended. Such incidents occur often prior to Jewish holidays, and became the opening salvo to the second intifada in the year 2000. In response, police simply close the Mount to Muslim men under age 50 and limit entry to those bearing Israeli identity cards. Any Muslim woman can enter.

“I firmly believe that each event of Muslim unrest on the Mount should lead to its closure to Arabs,” Regev said. “The prime minister is not the only one to decide on the issue, and if the proposal does not pass I will turn to the High Court of Justice in a public petition until Jews are allowed to pray with tallit (prayer shawl) and tefillin on the Temple Mount,” she said.

According to the language of the bill as it is currently written, “no demonstration of protest or incitement that disturbs the peace will be tolerated.” Violators will be fined,” Ynet reported.

Deputy Religious Affairs Minister Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan (Bayit Yehudi) said after Passover the ministry was in the process of creating new regulations to allow Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount.

Jerusalem District, Border Police Block Jewish March to Temple Mount

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Border Police and Jerusalem District Police had their hands full late Tuesday afternoon trying to stop a demonstration by Jewish protesters determined to reach the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site.

Arab police officers questioned and detained kipa-wearing Jews at the Jaffa Gate to the Old City of Jerusalem on Yom HaAtzma’ut, Israel’s Independence Day ahead of a scheduled march demanding Israel reestablish its sovereignty on the Temple Mount. No provocation was apparent prior to the questioning and arrests.

Police also confiscated signs the group held without even looking to see what they said, according to an eyewitness who watched as the Jews gathered for a march to the Temple Mount.

As the march began from Jaffa Gate, the group of 25 protesters was not permitted to march through the Arab souk (market) in order to prevent violent protests by Arab shopkeepers. Instead, police funnelled the group southward through the Armenian and Jewish Quarters as they chanted, “Lo Niten Et Ha Bayit L’Oyev” (“We won’t give the Temple to an enemy”) and “Ha am doresh et ha har l’ishachrer,” (“The People demand the liberation of the Temple Mount”)

“Yesterday we marked Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day) (for fallen Israeli soldiers). Today is a day of mourning for Israel’s independence,” one of the activists told The Jewish Press.

As the group moved through the Jewish Quarter, most bystanders looked on with mild curiosity, but one group of observers – members of the radical leftist Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) looked on with clear distaste. The group, comprised of foreign nationals who volunteer to support Palestinian Arab aggressors against IDF troops, believes the Temple Mount should belong solely to Muslims.

“The Temple Mount does not belong to Jews,” members of the group told The Jewish Press bluntly they believed the

JP: “I just want to understand correctly – are you saying that Muslims should have freedom of religion in Israel but that Jews should not have freedom of religion in the Palestinian and Arab world?”

“Yes, that’s correct,” said the EAPPI activist, who refused to give her name and would not allow her photograph to be taken.

Temple Mount activist Noam Federman told protesters that Israel must liberate the site, not only in order to rebuild the Holy Temple but also to make clear – to Jews and Arabs alike – that Israel is the sovereign power in Jerusalem, and has no intention of changing that reality.

As the parade wound its way through the Jewish Quarter towards the Arab souk next to the Temple Mount, more than a dozen Border Police and Jerusalem police officers formed a human chain at the corner of the souk and HaKotel Street, several hundred meters to the west of Cotton Merchants Gate, in order to prevent marchers from proceeding towards the Temple Mount.  After a 20 minute standoff and a tense service for the afternoon Mincha prayer, protesters clashed with police, who proceeded to force the gathering south towards the Kotel plaza.

No injuries were reported, but Israel News reporters that four individuals were arrested.

 

Leading Muslim Cleric Urges Mass Pilgrimages to Temple Mount

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

The Muslims are out to show that they far outnumber the Jews on the Temple Mount.

A leading Muslim Brotherhood cleric who previously prohibited Muslims from becoming un-pure by visiting the Temple Mount in “occupied” Jerusalem now has decided they won;t be tainted because they have an opportunity to try to claim Islamic sovereignty over the holy site by mass pilgrimages from the Arab world.

Sheikh Yussef Qaradawi as recently as last year prohibited Arabs from “tainting” themselves by going to the  Al Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount, but now has reversed himself following the collapse of  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Peace Talks Charade.

It seems like Islamic law is not based on the Quran so much as it based on the Arab world’s struggle to destroy Israel as a Jewish country.

The sheikh previously has written on sites such as Onislam.net and in an e-book that there is no connection between Jerusalem and Jews, that Jerusalem is “occupied” and that therefore “visits are banned in order to deprive the occupier of legitimacy.”

The cleric, now 85, added, “Those who visit legitimize an entity which plunders Palestinian lands, and are forced to cooperate with the enemy’s embassy to receive a visa. We must feel as though we are banned from Jerusalem and fight for it until it is ours.”

His 180-degree about-face, published in a Jordanian newspaper this week, exposes Islamic law as a convenience store that sells anti-Jewish religious edicts as the word from Allah. Islamic law is whatever a Muslim cleric thinks is politically correct.

In 2009, he said in a sermon during the IDF’s counter-terror  Operation Cast Lead campaign in Gaza, O Allah, take your enemies, the enemies of Islam. O Allah, take the Jews, the treacherous aggressors. “O Allah, take this profligate, cunning, arrogant band of people. O Allah, they have spread much tyranny and corruption in the land. Pour your wrath upon them, O our God. Lie in wait for them…. take this oppressive, Jewish Zionist band of people. O Allah, do not spare a single one of them. O Allah, count their numbers, and kill them, down to the very last one.”

As recently as last September, Qaradawi told Qatar TV, according to a translation supplied by MEMRI, he would not participate in an inter-faith dialogue if Jews were present. “If you invite the Jews, I will not participate,” he stated. “I will participate in a Muslim-Christian meeting, but with the Jews there should be no debate.

“Those Jews have committed clear injustice against us. They have shed our blood, killed our children, displaced our people, seized our lands, and usurped our rights.”

He also has said just as “Allah has imposed upon the Jews people who would punish them for their corruption,… The last punishment was carried out by Hitler…. Allah willing, the next time will be at the hand of the believers.”

This is the same wise Muslim who told anti-Zionist rabbis in 2008, “There is no enmity between Muslims and Jews…. Jews who believe in the authentic Torah are very close to Muslims. Muslims are against the expansionist, oppressive Zionist movement, not the Jews.”

That was before the Arab world finally saw that Israel, after 20 years of concessions to the Palestinian Authority, after erasing almost every red line this side of the Temple Mount, and after releasing nearly 100 murderers the past year, finally said “Dayenu,” – enough.

The sudden appearance of Jews standing up for themselves was a bit of shock for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry but it was expected by Mahmoud Abbas and the Arab world.

Government Plan to Hand King David’s Tomb to the Vatican?

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Is there a deal in the works to hand the Tomb of King David over to the Vatican?

Rumors of such an agreement appear to have enough substance to have prompted Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) to write a query to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Hotovely reminded the prime minister of the importance of the tomb of the Biblical monarch, noting its sanctity to the Jewish nation. She warned Netanyahu not to make the same mistake with King David’s Tomb that previous administrations made with the Temple Mount – that is, handing sovereignty over the sacred site to a foreign power.

In the case of the Temple Mount, the Jordanian-linked Islamic Waqf Authority controls all matters over the site, even though it is located in the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City and is the holiest place in the Jewish faith. Because the Waqf is in control, Jewish access to the Temple Mount is severely restricted – and Hotovely warned Netanyahu that handing the Tomb of King David to the Roman Catholic Vatican could create exactly the same situation for Jews there too.

There has not yet been any announced response to Hotovely’s letter.

Although an Israeli government source has denied any intention of transferring control over the site to the Vatican, other sources have said otherwise – including journalist Gulio Meotti, an editorial contributor to Arutz Sheva, who maintains there is truth to the rumors a deal is still in the works.

A Violent Night During Celebrations in Jerusalem’s Old City

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Tensions are continuing to rise and violent incidents are increasing in the Old City of Jerusalem. Some 30 Arabs rioters threw firecrackers at the Emet house in the Old City in a confrontations with Border Police officers that included a clash with Arabs hurling bottles and stones at the police. One Border Police officer was lightly wounded.

Arabs threw rocks at some 800 Israelis who were participating in the monthly Rosh Chodesh (New Hebrew Month) march around the Old City walls. No one was injured.

Construction Minister Uri Ariel, one of the participants, stated that Israel’s sovereignty on the Temple Mount should not be destabilized and that the freedom of religious practice should be ensured for all faiths, including Jews.

“Unfortunately, Arab citizens are utilizing the holiness of the Temple Mount for political gain and are generating disturbances, breaking the peace time and again and are providing shelter for rioters,” Ariel pointed out.

“A sovereign state cannot tolerate such a breach of its sovereignty in this most holy of places and I call on the Minister of Public Security not allow this situation to continue.” He further added that it was inconceivable that Jews would be discriminated against on the Temple Mount.

In another incident some 150 Arabs participated in the funeral of terrorist Amjad Al-Safdi, an Israeli Arab  lawyer who was arrested a few weeks ago in a joint operation by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and Israel Police on suspicion of aiding Hamas terrorists.

Al-Safdi, who was released to house arrest, committed suicide.

His funeral procession began at the Temple Mount and moved through the Old City, with mourners carrying PLO and Hamas flags. At one point they passed by Israeli homes, and one of the mourners threw a glass bottle at the playground which was full of playing children and their parents. No one was injured, but security ordered everyone to enter their homes until the end of the event.    

In yet another incident, girls of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) marched in a semi-military march yesterday afternoon near the homes of Israeli residents. The PRC is a coalition of various armed Palestinian Authority Arab terror groups that oppose peace with Israel.  The girls, aged 7 – 14, marched in uniform, flying the PRC yellow-colored and the PLO flags, stepping in tandem with the beat of  march- like military drums.  

Sarah Ha’etzni Cohen, chairwoman of the ‘My Israel’ activist organization told Tazpit News Agency she viewed the march and its violence with much severity. “This march is another grave incident taking place right under the nose of the police. This incident is one of many which are undermining Israel’s sovereignty in our capital, Jerusalem. We call again on Public Security Minister  Aharonovitz to take responsibility and ensure the safety of the residents of Jerusalem and the State of Israel.”

The police were unavailable for comment.

On April 23 Arabs hurled rocks stones at bus #65 on a main route in Jerusalem, right next to police national headquarters, injuring one of the passengers. The woman was transported to Hadassah Mount Scopus Medical Center. Several other passengers were treated for shock.

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