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American Jew arrested by the prayer police.

If we were to describe the following scene as having taken place anywhere else on the planet, the report would have been followed by several news cycles involving angry Jewish organizations, rabbis, Israeli rightwing politicians and, undoubtedly, Prime Minister Netanyahu, condemning the blatant act of anti-Semitic repression on the part of police, carrying out the anti-Semitic policies of the national government. (See American Jew Arrested for Murmuring Prayers, 2nd Warned to Close Prayer App)

On Sunday morning, a Jewish American tourist wearing a yarmulke stood with a group of fellow Jewish tourists and spoke about the meaning of a biblical verse. A group of black-uniformed police converged on him and accused him of engaging in Jewish prayer, which is against the law in that country. The Jewish man tried to defend himself, arguing that he was merely explaining a biblical verse, “Please, God, save [us], Please God, give [us] success” (Psalms 118:25).

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The cops rushed to the man and his group as soon as they heard the words “Please, God” pronounced in Hebrew. The rest of the lecture was in English. The man insisted, in English, that he was merely explaining the verse and not praying. The cops had no patience for lengthy arguments with a Jew and arrested him.

Several other Jewish tourists tried to intervene, explaining that it was a misunderstanding, they wouldn’t have even dreamed of praying there, in a country that punishes Jews who engage in public prayer, it was merely a mention of a verse in the context of a talk. At which point the arresting officer declared:

“On the Temple Mount I decide what’s prayer.”

Yes, the entire scene took place in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish State, where black uniformed police decide what’s prayer and what’s not. On Temple Mount, as part of decades of government policy, state police violate the human right to free worship Jews are entitled to like all the other humans on the planet.

The legal aid society Honenu said in a statement: “The conduct of the State of Israel and Police regarding the suspicion of Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount is, first of all, ridiculous, and in addition it is discriminatory and predatory. It is inconceivable that a law-abiding man would be arrested like the lowest criminal for explaining a verse from Psalms. In any other country such an arrest would have been called anti-Semitic.”

We now begin waiting for the angry condemnations from Jewish as well as from human-rights organizations demanding an apology and a quick mending of the gross violation against Jews by the local government.

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21 COMMENTS

  1. What a total shundah..! – It is only Hashem who can decide "what is a prayer or not" – The American must take heart in knowing he has achieved a great sense of worth by becoming arrested for his faith, there is nothing more fulfilling than being on the right-hand of G-d and his will be rewarded accordingly, unlike the bonafide nazi-style, antagonistic self-hating authority which is running our one and only homeland.

  2. Watch your tongue Pinchas! This has nothing to do with left or right but with the Status quo. The police don't make the laws they enforce them. Bloodshed is not what we need right now in Jerusalem. I find your demeaning of the police doing their difficult job on the Temple Mount Disgusting.

  3. NOT KNOWING THE FULL FACTS OF THE PROBLEM I CAN NOT MAKE A COMMENT OR RECOMEND PUNISHMENT OF THE POLICE. HOWEVER WHY DO YOU PUNISH A PERSON FOR PRAYING TO HIS/HER GOD.
    THIS REALY IS ASHOW OF ADMIRATION TO YOUR GOD AND SHOULD NOT BE LOOKED UPON AS A CRIME.
    WHILEST YOU CAN SAY A PRAYER WITHOUT UTTERING A WORD. IT IS JUST AS GOOD AND DO NOT FORGET — GOD HEARS EVERYTHING NOT JUST THE SPOKEN WORDS

  4. The crux of the matter is the problem is basically the Palestinian Arabs who wrongly claim the Temple Mount as their holy site because of the damn Mosque their. Moshe Dayan should not have given the Temple Mount back to the
    Muslim religious authorities.

  5. Thank you for addmitting that as an silly person you are(missuse of the word nazi ) you always "delight" in name calling everyone who is unlike you – educated.
    If we sat around waiting for G-d to do thing for us (something devout Jews seemed to do ) there would be no Israel. You are a taker not a giver…..

  6. Ora Cooper – not sure what you are trying to say, obviously you cannot read the comments correctly or you are making unethical aspersions as to my credibility – you should look to yourself before you make such nonsensical remarks.

  7. Ora Cooper he said "Natzi style" he did not call any one a Natzi, they keep on mistreating innocent religious Jews for no reason, if they R not going to change the status quo, then close the Tenple Mount to all Muslim and to all Jews.

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