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Jews arrested for praying on Temple Mount

Thursday, October 17, 2013 (8:21 pm)
Posted in: Israel-Palestinian Conflict, Temple

By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

israel-map-flag-protestJERUSALEM, ISRAEL (Worthy News)– About a dozen Jewish men were removed by police while touring the Temple Mount after praying and singing Monday, according to The Jewish Daily Forward.

Jerusalem Police detained the men after they reportedly prayed, danced and sang "Hatikva" while displaying the Israeli flag on the Temple Mount.

Ironically, Jews generally aren't permitted to pray on the Temple Mount — considered to be Judaism’s holiest site — to avoid any confrontations with Muslim worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site.

The Temple Mount is overseen by the Wakf: the Muslim administration charged with managing the site. Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, the director of Islamic endowment, asked police to close the compound following the incident, according to the Ma'an News Agency.

The Temple Mount was recently closed to non-Muslim visitors during the Sukkot holiday over concerns that Muslims would become violently disagreeable, a temperament that seems to be their default "setting".

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  • danlunche

    The Jews should never have given up the Temple Mount in the first place.

  • Joe DeCaro

    Here we go again!

    "Police closed the Temple Mount on Sunday, after two Muslims attacked two Jewish visitors who had been praying at the holy site.

    "A video uploaded on the internet purports to capture the fight, which began after the Jewish men, accompanied by a police escort, sang the Hallel prayer and a number of Arabs promptly confronted them. Two men from the group then assaulted the Jewish visitors, resulting in the arrest of all four …"


  • Joe DeCaro

    from American Thinker:

    "There's something grotesquely incongruous about a Dec. 3 front-page article in the Washington Post that goes to great lengths to warn that Jews seeking to pray on Jerusalem's Temple Mount might unleash a third intifada …

    "The basic theme of the piece … is that any outbreak of violence would be due to Jewish worshippers who are overstepping their bounds and disturbing regulations that let Jews visit Temple Mount as long as they don't pray there. Now, some Israelis are raising a long overdue question: Why are Jews discriminated against on Judaism's holiest site? After all, nobody contests the sacred Islamic status of Mecca and Medina, along with inalienable Muslim rights to pray there. Also, Jews on Temple Mount are not seeking a religious monopoly. They would be perfectly content to share the right to pray on Temple Mount with Muslims whose Al-Aqsa Mosque on Temple Mount is Islam's third holiest shrine.

    "Where the Post's article goes astray is its dubious predicate that it's okay for Muslims to pray on Temple Mount, but not for Jews, lest public order be disturbed. But disturbed by whom? By intolerant Muslims who insist on exclusivity over Jewish worshippers …"


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