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The Jew on the right who is wearing a kittel on the Temple Mount is considered by the PA as dressed in "priestly garments."

The official Palestinian Authority website WAFA has accused “extremist Jewish settlers” with “wearing priestly garments” on the Temple Mount on Yom Kippur.

WAFA as well as all Arab media inside and outside Israel routinely incite Muslims into a frenzy over Jews “storming” the Temple Mount.


WAFA added that the “settlers,” a term referring to any Jew who ascends the Temple Mount, “attempted to perform Talmudic (Jewish) prayers, however their attempts were foiled by the Mosque guards.”

That statement is probably not true because Jerusalem police stay within inches of all Jews on the Temple Mount and haul them away if they even dare to whisper a prayer.

WAFA also told its faithful that Israeli police were deployed in such large numbers that it made Jerusalem a “military barrack.”

The Palestinian Authority’s official website’s reference to the “priestly garments” could have been part of its strategy of incitement against Jews or could have been plain ignorance and paranoia.

The spokesman for the Jerusalem police did not respond to The’s request for a response to the accusations by WAFA, but Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick explained that the “priestly garments” were nothing more than the white “kittel.”

The “Kittel” is not a priestly garment. The High Priest indeed were a white robe and trousers during part of the Yom Kippur rituals on the Temple Mount.

However, the “kittel,” which symbolizes purity and is used as a burial shroud for men, is commonly worn in synagogues on Yom Kippur, the Day of Judgment, to symbolize the penalty of death by God for committing sins.

The Orthodox Union explains the ritual on Yom Kippur:

Twice during this exalted day, the Kohen Gadol [High Priest] would remove the eight priestly garments he wore during his service in the Beit HaMikdash [Holy Temple] all year long, immerse in a mikvah and don the four special white linen garments that were used only on Yom Kippur to enter the Kodesh Hakodashim [Holy of Holies].

The only connection between the Kittel and the High Priest’s white robes is that both are white.

The second verse in Chapter of Isaiah states:

Our sins shall be made as white as snow.

Below is video posted on Arab media of Jews, one of them with a ‘Kittel,” on the Temple Mount on Yom Kippur.


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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


  1. If you want to stop this nonsensical stuff, kick the Muslims off the mount (they DO NOT have a legitimate claim to the location). And stop worrying about the foolish opinions of a misguided world.
    And attention leftist Israelis who side with the Muslims – if you like them so much, please feel free to leave Israel and live with them …. if you dare.

  2. this is nothing new The question is, what will it take for misguided Jews to realize that a Two state solution is an impossibility given the intense hatred for Jews whether religious or not. Where in the Arab world will one find Jews or now Christians? Islamic ideology simply does not accept non-believers (non-islamists). The fact that muslims have NO legitimate claim to the Temple Mount seems to mean NOTHING to many liberals supporting the illusion of living in peace side by side with a muslim entity. The only solution is repatriation of Arabs to the countries of their fathers/grandfathers who immigrated to the Holy Land in the 1930s and now are the so-called Palestinians. One does wonder what they would be called if Ben-gurion had retained the name Palestine as the name of the Jewish state re-established in 1948.

  3. I’ve had about enough of this palestinian, Jordanian and WAFQ crap regarding the Temple Mount (note: it is not called the mosque mount). There is incontestable archaeologic proof and biblical confirmation that the Jews were in Jerusalem and our first two Temples were on the Temple Mount several thousand years before the first muslim lived. Muslim are our unwelcome guests both on the Temple Mount (where muhammed NEVER set foot) and in all of Israel…it is even stated in the quran. They, not the Israelis, are the occupiers. Further, does it seem odd to anyone, especially you palestinian sympathizers, that no muslim country will allow palestinians to enter? Has anyone noticed that the thousands of muslim refugees from Syria are not going to any close-by muslim country, but risk their very lives to enter Europe? Not that these Middle Eastern muslim countries would allow them entry anyway. If the palestinians feel they are oppressed by the Israelis, please go to an islamic country where you will have all the rights and privileges you deserve. We’ll pay you way home.

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