Religious Jews protest restriction of access to Temple Mount during Ramadan.
Dozens of demonstrators peacefully gathered at the locked Mugrabi Gate leading to the Temple Mount early Wednesday to protest unusually stringent police restrictions against the admission of Jews to the site during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The site, which is overseen by the Wakf Muslim religious trust, was initially open to Jews during mornings in the first two weeks of Ramadan. However, on several occasions, when Jewish visitors were threatened by Muslim worshipers, police were forced to evacuate them.
Indeed, last month during Tisha Be’av – considered the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, when Jews mourn the numerous tragedies that have befallen them on that date, including the destruction of the temples – officers barred them from the Temple Mount due to Muslim threats.
Although the Supreme Court has upheld Jewish prayer rights at the site, the court allows police to prevent any form of worship there if they believe such activities will incite a “disturbance to the public order.”
During Tisha Be’av, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the decision by police to bar Jews from entering the Temple Mount had been a preemptive measure after a security assessment determined there was an imminent threat to their safety.
Source: Jerusalem Post
If there is an “imminent threat to their safety”, the Israeli police should remove the threat, not the Jews. By removing Jews from the Temple Mount because of Muslim hooliganism, the police force submit to those who use violence.
‘I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.’
It is not worthy of a nation built on human rights and justice, to let Islamists occupy the Temple Mount. If they refuse Jews to enter this site, there is basically no freedom for Jews in the Old city of the capital of Israel. Such Islamic elements must be arrested, remove from the site, and put behind bars.
Written by Ivar