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February 12, 2016 / 3 Adar I, 5776

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Temple Mount Visits Down in 2015

Friday, January 8th, 2016

The number of Jews and non-Jews, excluding Muslims, that visited the Temple Mount (Har Habyit in Hebrew) in 2015 dropped from previous years, according to a report in Makor Rishon.

In the case of Jewish visitors, mostly religious, their numbers dipped slightly in 2015, solely due to the police restricting the physical number of Jews allowed onto the Jewish holy site.

Many Jews wait in line for hours at the gates to the Temple Mount, only to be denied entrance by the Israeli police. In addition, All Jewish visitors must receive special instructions from the police and some even undergo body searches.

By the end of 2015, Israeli Police were only allowing 15 religious Jews onto the Temple Mount at any given time, and only during very limited visiting hours, restricting visits to 4 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Looking back to 2010, the number of Jews that went up in 2015 (10,766), was double the number that went up in 2010 (5,658). The demand is rising, but so are the restrictions.

Once on the Temple Mount, Jewish visitors are harassed and assaulted by the Muslims occupying the Jewish holy site, and often visits are forced to be cut short.

For non-Jewish, non-Islamic tourists, the numbers that visited the Temple Mount in 2015 severely dropped to less than half the amount that visited in 2010. This despite the fact that the number of tourists visiting Israel remained steady at around 3 million visitors a year.

In 2010, the number of non-Jewish (non-Muslim) tourists visiting the Temple Mount exceeded 400,000 visitors. In 2015, that number dropped to 193,000.

The reason the numbers of non-Jewish tourists dropped is due to the unpleasant and threatening atmosphere that is created by the Muslims and the Waqf on the Jewish holy site, towards the non-Islamic visitors.

Last year, the Waqf forced a group of Christian tourists off the Temple Mount, because they looked too Jewish.

There are virtually no numerical or time restriction on Muslim visits to Israel’s Temple Mount, except when the Arabs are rioting too much, and then the police may temporarily place age limits for a day.

The Temple Mount is the location of the two Jewish Temples, first built by King Solomon.

Two Arrested for Temple Mount Prayers

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Two people were arrested by Israeli police on Monday morning for praying on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, according to TPS reports.

The first man arrested was a Rabbi from Beit Shemesh who said the “Aleinu L’Shabeach” prayer, one of the oldest prayers in Judaism.

He has since been released and a court hearing has been scheduled for him.

The second person arrested said a “Mishaberach l’Cholim” (Prayer for the sick).

He’s currently still in custody.

Both are being assisted by lawyers from Honeinu.

Christian Tourists Kicked off Temple Mount for Looking Like Jews

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

A group of Christian tourists were kicked off the Temple Mount on Thursday morning, according to TPS.

The group of Christian tourists were wearing skullcaps, which according to the Islamic Waqf, made them look like religious Jews.

Apparently to Muslims, all us infidels look alike.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has given the Islamic Waqf a free hand in deciding who can be kicked off the Temple Mount. While the Waqf’s list doesn’t include Arab children playing soccer, Arabs playing with toy guns, or Arabs waving Hamas and ISIS flags on the Temple Mount, it does include nursing Jewish mothers and religious looking Jews drinking water.

Arab Women Came to Patriarchs’ Cave to ‘Free Palestine’ with Knives

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Alert Border Police at the Patriarchs’ Cave in Hebron  revenged another gruesome terrorist attack Tuesday morning and caught two young Arab women with large knives.

The terrorists were arrested, as well as another man who was with them and reportedly is an official of the Muslim religious Waqf authority.

The women approached the checkpoint at the holy site but refused requests to be inspected for weapons.

They began to shout, “We have come to free Palestine,” setting off suspicion that they were attempting to murder Jews.

They stopped the women and discovered during an inspection that one of them was carrying two large knives.

Jerusalem police prevented another terrorist attack in the Old City Tuesday when they spotted an Arab teenager walking in a suspicious manner,

They searched him and found that he was carrying a knife that he had carved from a ruler.

Netanyahu Commits to Maintaining Temple Mount Status Quo, Praises Jordanian Waqf

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

(JNi.media) Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday said that Israel and Jordan have agreed to take steps to reduce tensions on the Temple Mount. Among other things, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to a proposal made by King Abdullah II of Jordan, to place surveillance cameras to document what is happening in the compound around the clock. Netanyahu pledged to maintain the existing arrangements for visits at the holy site, which include permitting Jews to visit the Temple Mount but not to pray there. Netanyahu repeatedly acknowledged the special historical role of Jordan as guardian of the Holy sites.

However, as early as 1954, Israel has charged Jordan with the desecration of the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, with thousands of tombstones smashed and used as building material, paving stones or for latrines in Arab Legion army camps. The Intercontinental Hotel was built on top of the cemetery and graves were demolished to make way for a highway to the hotel. According to CAMERA, as soon as it was captured by the Jordanian Legion, the Jewish Quarter of the Old City was destroyed and its residents expelled. Fifty-eight synagogues—some of them hundreds of years old—were destroyed, their contents looted and desecrated. Some Jewish religious sites were turned into chicken coops or animal stalls. The Western Wall was turned into a slum area.

However, in the spirit of letting bygones be bygones, Israel has agreed to meet soon with representatives of Jordan and the Waqf to discuss strengthening security on the Temple Mount. “All violence and incitement to violence must stop, and leaders must lead it,” Secretary Kerry declared. He made the remarks after meeting in Amman with King Abdullah, and earlier with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas told reporters that the Palestinians have not lost hope.

Netanyahu is expected to issue a video announcement Saturday night and undertake to maintain the status quo on the Temple Mount.

MK Yinon Magal (Bayit Yehudi) said in response, “I appreciate the efforts of the prime minister to calm the situation, but nothing will prevent Jews from eventually praying on the Temple Mount. Not even Waqf cameras.”

Update: Arabs, Islamic Waqf Staff Clash w/ Israel Police, Jewish Visitors on Temple Mount

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

For the fourth day in a row, a mob of dozens of Arabs attacked Jews Wednesday morning who came on pilgrimage to the Temple Mount compound.

Arab rioters have been stockpiling rocks, cement blocks, fireworks, firecrackers, rocks, firebombs and pipebombs in the Al Aqsa mosque on the site for use as ammunition against visiting Jewish pilgrims and Israeli security personnel. They have even broken walls within the holy mosque in order to use the pieces as weapons during their riots, according to a Jerusalem official.

Israel Police were physically assaulted by Islamic Waqf mainenance personnel in the morning on the Temple Mount after they attempted to protect a group of Jewish visitors to the site from screaming Arabs who hurled bottles at them in the compound.

According to a report by the Hebrew-language “0404” news website, the Islamic Waqf maintenance personnel showed no apprehension or concern that they would be reprimanded by their own security staff as they attacked Israeli police officers who were guarding the Jewish visitors.

A Muslim mob quickly gathered and surrounded the Jewish tourists despite a recent order signed by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, banning such groups.

Israeli police deployed at the compound attempted to protect the Jewish visitors and to distance the Muslim mob, but at that point, the Waqf maintenance personnel began to shove the police officers and then simply attacked them.

Although Israeli police acted “with great restraint” Arab rioters succeeded in hurling a bottle at the Jewish visitors, according to the 0404 website.

Miraculously, none of the Jews were physically injured although obviously there was a certain level of trauma experienced by those who ascended to the site.

As a writer with clinical background, I also wish to raise the issue of how these repeated, daily traumas must impact the views and ultimately the lives of young Israeli security personnel as well.

It is important to recognize that it is impossible for any human being to ignore constant provocation, antagonism and trauma without also eventually being affected. Each person reacts to that in different ways — but the effects, when not addressed, can be permanent. Our most precious resource in Israel is human.

“Therefore choose life.”

Arabs Attack Police on Temple Mount [video]

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Jerusalem Arabs camped out in the Al Aqsa mosque early Sunday morning and attacked police with firecrackers, rocks, metal rods and foreign objects in a serious escalation of violence despite a recent government decision to ban two violent groups from the holy site.

Sunday morning’s clash broke out shortly after dawn, 12 hours before the beginning of Rosh HaShanah.

Intelligence reports that masked Arabs were preparing a massive attack Sunday enabled the police to surprise the rioters, who had prepared to block the entrance to the mosque so that police could not force them inside.

After a battle of approximately 15 minutes, police put an end to the riot and also confiscated a suspected pipe bomb from the entrance to the mosque.

A video that was provided to Sky News Arabic clearly shows men and women who were well-prepared for the battle. They used the mosque as a launching point for attacking police, who then briefly closed off the entrance to the Temple Mount.

Minister Uri Ariel of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home), a champion for the right of Jews to pray on the Temple Mount, arrived at the scene. The government earlier this year banned ministers from visiting the Temple Mount as part of an official agreement to tone down violence,

The understanding did not last more than several months, and Arab groups pay men and women to arrive at the Temple Mount every day to harass and attack Jews and non-Jewish tourists.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon recently issued a decree banning two radical Muslim groups from the Temple Mount, but he only touched the tip of the iceberg. For every group that is banned, there are a dozen ready to take their place.

Arab media, both inside and outside Israel, are behind the incitement, and Sky News Arabic posted a tweet on Sunday from the Palestinian Authority official for Jerusalem stating that an “Israeli escalation will grow in the coming days,” apparently referring to the approaching Jewish holidays.

Sky News Arabic’s report of this morning’s clash was typical of biased information that incites hatred and violence.

The report, with the help of Google Translate and editing for grammar, stated:

Israeli occupying forces Sunday [raided] Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories, where [there were] worshipers, and in an effort to pave the way for hardcore settlers to enter the holy site for Muslims.

The head of the Waqf Council in Jerusalem, Sheikh Abdel Azim Salhab, told Sky News Arabic, ‘The raid comes in the context of the ongoing Israeli attempts to Judaize Al-Aqsa Mosque.’

He called on Arab and Islamic countries to protect the site. Israeli forces and threw sound bombs and tear gas on worshipers and civilians [Worshippers] in the mosque [acted] to prevent the ultra-Orthodox Jews to break into the campus for the establishment of religious rituals on the occasion of the Jewish New Year, according to sources/

The past days of protests at the Al-Aqsa Mosque organized by Palestinian militants say that Israel is seeking to allow Jews to practice their faith in the compound, or even to remove the mosque to pave to build a new structure.

The video below of police on the Temple Mount this morning was posted on Rotter.net from a Facebook page:

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/arabs-attack-police-on-temple-mount-video/2015/09/13/

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