«Israel must secure Jewish prayers at Temple Mount»

When I was standing in that holiest of place, I was forbidden to pray. Simply moving my lips in whispered prayer could be grounds for removal. Why? Because I am a Jew.

Youth velebathing Israel's 61st Independence Day on April 29, 2009.
Youth velebathing Israel's 61st Independence Day on April 29, 2009.

This is a statement from David Kirshenbaum, in a letter to the Editor of Jerusalem Post. He is upset over the fact that only a Muslim can pray on the holiest site in Judaism. A Jew can not.

«Last week, our synagogue in Beit Shemesh made its annual High Holy Day week visit to the Temple Mount. We began the tradition six years ago when the site was reopened to non-Muslims», explains Kirshenbaum.

During the War of Independence in 1948, the Old City of Jerusalem fell to the Jordanians. Nearly 1,500 Jews, including many women and children, were killed. While it was under Jordanian control, dozens of Jewish synagogues, many centuries old, were destroyed and the cemetery on the Mount of Olives, where Jews have been buried for 2,500 years, was desecrated. For 19 years, no Jew was allowed to set foot in the Old City or pray at the Western Wall, the retaining wall of the Temple Mount closest to where the Temples stood.

In June 1967, when Egypt, Syria and Jordan embarked on a war to annihilate the Jewish state, Israel recaptured Jerusalem’s Old City. One of the most stirring announcements in Jewish history was the message transmitted from the front during the Six Day War: “The Temple Mount is in our hands.”

But then, in a mind-boggling display of attempted appeasement of an enemy that just days before had sought Israel’s destruction, defense minister Moshe Dayan decided to allow the Muslim religious council, the Wakf, to retain administrative authority over the Temple Mount. Thus, a truly bizarre and unacceptable situation developed.

The problem is not simply that the Arabs have attempted to take as their own every site in Israel holy to Judaism, whether it be the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem or Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus. But in doing so, they have consistently attempted to obliterate the historic Jewish connection and claim to each of those sites.

The sooner we take action to help bring this about, the better.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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