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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:

Arrests on Temple Mount: Jewish Boy for Wearing Tzitzit, Jewish Man for Singing to Groom

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

It was a “two-fer” on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday.

Israel Police arrested a Jewish boy for wearing his tzitzit (tallit katan) as commanded in the Torah, and a Jewish man for singing into the ear of a Jewish groom ahead of his nuptials a few hours later.

No one arrested anyone for subsequenly attacking an Israeli police officer, who suffered an injured leg.

Members of the Islamic Waqf on the Temple Mount complained to the Israeli police about the Jewish boy who was walking on the Temple Mount wearing his Tzitzit, according to other Jewish visitors on the Jewish holy site.

The Muslim security officers complained that the boy’s Tzitzit were a “Jewish symbol” — in violation of the regulations that state one must not wear obvious religious symbols into the site — and the Islamic Waqf officer warned a “disruption” would ignite because of the boy’s Jewish garment.

Tzitzit are the four-cornered fringed garment that all Jewish men and boys are enjoined in the Torah to wear. The commandment is repeated in the third paragraph of the Shema prayer, the single most important prayer in Judaism save for the Kaddish, which is recited for the departed.

The police arrested the Jewish minor and took him to the police station.

But by the time they reached the entrance to the police station, the police apparently realized they had no cause to arrest the boy and he was unconditionally released.

The boy is a resident of Beit El.

A short time later, a 35-year-old Jewish man was arrested at the Temple Mount as well.

According to the police, the man was walking with a groom on the Temple Mount, while quietly singing to into his ear the popular Jewish wedding song, “Od Yishama” — a song which is often sung when accompanying a groom on his wedding day.

This man, celebrating the imminent nuptials of his friend, was also taken into custody. The Honenu civil rights NGO has issued a statement saying its legal counsel has gone to the police precinct in an attempt to secure his release in time for him to attend the wedding of his friend.

Following that incident an Israeli police officer was attacked by Arabs at the site. He was slightly injured when the Arabs hurled a wooden beam at him, hitting his leg.

There are no reports of anyone having been arrested, however, for attacking the Israeli police officer.

Arab Sources: Islamic Waqf Officials Arrested for Attacking, Robbing French Tourist on Temple Mount

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

This report is a followup to this morning’s JewishPress.com report about the French tourist who was beaten on the Temple Mount by a Muslim mob.

It remained unclear by Tuesday evening whether the group of Muslim assailants were simply detained by police or actually arrested, and it was still unconfirmed whether those men are officials with the Islamic Waqf or not.

If they are Waqf officials, the police and the government likely wish to minimize the publicity in order to not exacerbate ongoing tensions.

According to Arab sources, however, six Waqf officials were arrested.

(JNi.media) Six members of the Muslim Waqf agency are under arrest on suspicion that they attacked a French tourist who raised the Israeli flag on Temple Mount, according to Israeli social media rumor. One suspect tried to rob the tourist while he was lying on the ground.

A French tourist on Tuesday morning raised an Israeli flag in the plaza outside the Dome of the Rock on Temple Mount and was brutally beaten by agents of the Muslim Waqf which controls the compound.

The tourist was arrested by Israeli police, who latyer released a statement saying that a young man “who broke the rules for visitors was detained on Temple Mount.”

Over the past week, Israeli police has been busy blocking a variety of Israelis from entering Temple Mount, including an IDF soldier tried to enter wearing his uniform, and a bride on her wedding day.

On Tuesday, Israel’s police decided to act in a case of a foreign national who had been thrown on the ground and beat up. In keeping with the rules of proportionate response, police arrested the tourist who got beaten, as well as the six men who attacked him.

Saying Shema Yisrael on the Temple Mount [video]

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

This is what happens to a Jew if he dares pray “Shema Yisrael”, one of the Jewish People’s oldest and most central prayers, if he is on the Temple Mount…

If I were an Israeli policeman, I would be so embarrassed.

Illegal for Jews to Yell ‘Allahu Akbar’ at the Temple Mount

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Israel apparently has a double standard for law enforcement when it’s Jews who are yelling “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great) at the Temple Mount and Western Wall plazas.

Jewish activists returned Wednesday to both areas in the Old City of Jerusalem in order to test their theory that police would not treat Jews as they do Arabs when they behave the same.

The Jews in the video were protesting a decision by the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court that Arab chants of “Allahu Akbar” on the site – the typical radical Islamist cry by jihadists waging holy war – present no legal problem.

Justice Joiya Saqifa Shapiro determined in the decision that verbal attacks by Muslims shouting “Allahu Akbar” against Jewish tour groups on the Temple Mount do not constitute a criminal offense. Nor is there any legal problem with closing the site to Jews for a 10-day period until the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan due to a fear of rioting.

Activists arrived at the Western Wall entrance to the Temple Mount in force on Wednesday to protest both decisions.

“Surprisingly, and in contrast to the court’s decision that shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ is no problem at the site, police were called to deal with the activists’ yelling,” said the Honenu civil rights organization in a statement. “Police actually decided to arrest six of the protesters on suspicion of disrupting the public order.”

The Court has previously determined that such behavior presents no legal issue when it is carried out by Arabs at the same site, the group pointed out.

Honenu representative Isaac Weiner went to the police precinct to aid the detainees, and pointed out to police officials that the detention was illegal and constituted “blatant discrimination” by Israel Police.

The activists were released on condition they would respect a restriction barring them from entering the Old City for the next two weeks – and the area of the Temple Mount in particular.

Several of the activists are to appear at a hearing in the Magistrate’s Court today (Thursday, July 9) in order to officially review the restrictions imposed against them.

“Today has proven what we have been saying for a long time,” said a spokesperson for Honenu. “Authorities have ramped up discrimination against Jews at the holy sites in the Old City, in particular at the Temple Mount.

“It is inconceivable that Jews should be arrested by police for the same acts that do not constitute an offense in the eyes of the Court when carried out by Arabs.”

Honenu added that it would consider filing a lawsuit against the police for false arrest and a petition to appeal the order restricting the activists from entering the Old City.

Police Allow Muslim Officials to Damage Holy Floor of Temple Mount Rock [video]

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Archaeologists are furious at the police for allowing the Muslim Waqf on the Temple Mount earlier this week to damage the ancient mosaic floor that covers the Foundation Rock of the Temple Mount.

Known in Hebrew as Even HaShetiya, it is the rock from which the world was created, according to the Kabbalistic literature known as the Zohar, which states:

The world was not created until God took a stone called Even HaShetiya and threw it into the depths where it was fixed from above till below, and from it the world expanded. It is the center point of the world and on this spot stood the Holy of Holies.

Adam and Eve were created there, according to tradition, which also teaches that Cain, Abel, Noah and Abraham offered sacrifices there. It also is the foundation of the two destroyed Holy Temples. The Palestinian Authority has methodically been trying to destroy all evidence of the existence of the Temples that Muslim clerics increasing teach never existed,

This week’s destruction robbed archaeologists of a rare opportunity to photograph the mosaic floor over the rock as well as the cave underneath, archaeologist Tzachi Devira told the Kipa website.

Devira, director of the project to sift debris from the Temple Mount, directly blamed the police for illegally allowing the Waqf to carry out work without supervision.

He recently learned that the Muslims were preparing to change the carpets that cover the floor and the cave, giving Devira a “rare historic opportunity” to photograph the mosaic.

He said “stubbornness of the police” prevented his entry while the Muslims carried out their work behind closed doors earlier this week.

Devira said that the Waqf was laying down new carpets purchased with funds donated by the Kingdom of Jordan.

However, Temple Mount activists who try to observe Muslim activity on the Temple Mount discovered that the Waqf exploited the changing of the carpets to damage the floor without legally required police presence.. Pictures that were taken by Muslims inside the holy site were leaked, and parts of the floor were seen, exposing mosaics from different periods.

Devira and others urgently appealed to Cabinet ministers, including Housing Minister Uri Ariel, who in turn asked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to intervene because of fears that the Muslims would destroy more evidence of the existence of the Temples.

The Yisrael HaYom newspaper quoted Ariel having written to the Prime Minister:

The Waqf began a renovation project at the Dome of the Rock, the site of the Temple, and this includes re-flooring and potentially additional activities whose nature are unknown, all the while using heavy equipment.

These works are unprecedented and warrant the review of the Ministerial Committee on Archeological Digs at Holy Sites, and the fact that there is heavy machinery involved makes this all the more pressing.

Police finally ordered the work to stop immediately, and Kipa reported that an Israel Antiquities Authority spokesman said “work had not been coordinated.”

Devira asserts that the Waqf is forbidden to carry out any work without the presence of a policeman and an archaeologist.

Below is video of Arabs dumping Temple Mount debris. Click on CC in bottom right corner for English captions.

Humiliated on the Temple Mount

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Last week, I went up to Har HaBayit (the Temple Mount).[1] I’ve been there a number of times before, but this time was different. In the past, I have gone to the Mount as part of an organized group of religious Jews led by a rabbi. This time, I was there as part of the course I’m taking to get my tour guide license. My classmates are mainly secular Jews, and there are some non-Jews in the class as well. I was the only rabbi with us.

In some ways this experience was even more uplifting and inspiring than my previous visits, and in other ways, it was even more infuriating and humiliating. Let me explain.

Security on the Mount is provided by armed Israeli police and unarmed officials of the Moslem wakf (religious trust), like this guy:

Wakf Guard

Wakf Guard

The policy of the Israeli government and police is to allow Jews to visit the Mount, but not to pray there, since that would apparently offend the Moslems. But for some reason, while the police vigorously enforce these prohibitions, they allow deliberate provocations from the other side. For example, groups of Arab women are bussed in to Jerusalem every day, just to follow Jews around the Temple Mount, shout loudly at them and taunt them (rumor has it they are paid a salary for their services). See this video for an example.

In previous visits I have gotten used to this intolerable situation. But this time, going “incognito” with a group not identified as religious, I was left more or less alone. Going up as a tour guide and not as a religious Jew also gave me the opportunity to enter a few places I otherwise would not have been able to, mainly the underground chambers from the time of the Second Bet HaMikdash known (inaccurately) as “Solomon’s Stables.” That was really amazing.

"Solomon's Stables"

“Solomon’s Stables”

So why do I say that my visit was also infuriating and humiliating?

In order to avoid offending the sensibilities of the Moslems, we were told in advance that we would not be allowed to display any outward Jewish symbols such as a kippa or tzitzit. These would need to be concealed. This bothered me greatly – do I really have to hide my Jewishness here, in the heart of Jerusalem??

But then it got worse. At one point the police told us we would need to remove our hats altogether and walk bare-headed. I explained that I didn’t want to do that; I always keep my head covered for religious reasons, it was a hat and not a kippah, and all the tourists on the Mount were also wearing hats (it was raining). But I was told that this is the rule and if I did not comply, I would have to leave the Mount immediately.

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing – I have never received a demand like that from a policeman, anywhere in any country (to the contrary; wherever I go, the police protect my rights). Was an Israeli policeman actually demanding that I remove my head covering??? Here, of all places??? I had to make a split-second decision: comply with the demand, or be expelled from the Temple Mount. I’m not sure if I did the right thing or not…but I complied.

A few minutes later, with my hat back on and in a better mood, I experienced an even more exhilarating aspect of the visit. On two separate occasions I needed to wait for my group (for example while they were in the areas that halacha prohibits entering). According to Jewish law, one is not allowed to engage in frivolity or idle chatter on the Har HaBayit, so those waiting times gave me the opportunity to observe the mitzva of mora mikdash – reverence of the holy site.

Although I am strongly opposed to them, I was careful to abide by the rules that prohibit Jews from praying out loud. So I simply stood still, staring at the Dome of the Rock (where the Holy of Holies is) and contemplated the awe-inspiring significance of the place. Even though I did not pray out loud and I made sure to follow the rules that my lips not be seen moving, I did manage to recite Psalm 24 to myself about five or six times. With a religious group, the police generally keep the group moving, so there is no time for that.

But then, a wakf guard noticed me standing there, absorbed in my thoughts and swaying softly. He immediately approached and told me that praying was forbidden. I responded that I was not praying; just standing there. He insisted that I stand in a different pose in order to make it clear that I am not praying. An Israeli policeman then asked me to sit down so that nobody would think I was praying.

Since descending from the Mount, the conflicted emotions of soaring spiritual inspiration combined with pain, humiliation and deep sadness have gotten me thinking. I have drawn three conclusions from this experience:

1) In spite of the indignities, we must be very grateful for the fact that we have the right and ability to visit this holiest of places in accordance with the demands of halacha and in safety and security.

2) The humiliation I felt at the hands of the authorities was once commonplace for Jews. Thankfully I have almost never experienced anything like that – certainly not here in Israel but not in any other country either. The experience was, therefore, a helpful reminder that the Redemption is still not complete. It highlights the paradox that although the city of Jerusalem has been rebuilt in the most splendid of ways, its most important part remains in ruins. I felt the churban very clearly there.

3) It is unconscionable that the Israeli government allows this type of disgrace to go on. We must use every legal means to pressure them to change this policy and allow Jews to pray openly and securely. If Moslems object and attempt to interfere, it is they who must be removed from the Mount.

But we must understand that the reason this is happening is that most of the Jewish people doesn’t understand the significance of this place. Imagine if the government wanted to restrict Jewish prayer at the Kotel. Any government that even attempted such a thing would be brought down within minutes, because the Israeli people would not stand for that. The humiliation at the Temple Mount will similarly end when the Jewish People are reconnected with it.

Thus, the solution to this injustice, like so many other things, comes down to the need to encourage more and deeper Jewish education. We must redouble our efforts to teach more Torah to more Jews everywhere. Ultimately that is what will lead to our Redemption.

[1]The halachic questions regarding entering the Har HaBayit should be the subject of a separate article. For now, I will say that many rabbis hold that it is prohibited at the present time to enter the Mount at all. However, I obviously follow a different opinion, also supported by many authorities, that allows it provided one immerses in a mikveh first and observes various restrictions regarding the areas of the mountain that are permissible, and regarding appropriate conduct on the Mount.

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