Temple Mount activists: Prayer ban for Jews is discrimination

Temple Mount activist groups denounced on Sunday the recent diplomatic efforts of US Secretary of State John Kerry, along with comments by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in support of the longstanding status quo on the Temple Mount in which Jews and other non-Muslims are banned from praying at the holy site.

Kerry held meetings on Saturday in Amman with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah, and in Germany with Netanyahu on Thursday to discuss the issue.

Netanyahu said during a press conference Saturday night that, “Israel will continue to enforce its longstanding policy: Muslims pray on the Temple Mount; non-Muslims visit the Temple Mount.”

Organizations that have strongly advocated for Jewish visitation and prayer rights at the Temple Mount – the holiest site in Judaism and a holy site for Muslims – accused Kerry and Netanyahu of breaching international and Israeli law in preventing Jews from praying there. Read more

Why the Status Quo on the Temple Mount Needs to Change

The fact that al-Aqsa is not in danger, does not mean that the status quo on the Temple Mount should remain constant. To the contrary, it must change on both strategic and moral grounds; and for the sake of true Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 4:42 PM

All of Israel’s leaders, Including Prime Minister Netanyahu and the opposition leaders, as well as senior officials and most of Israel’s commentators and journalists, keep on reiterating that Israel has no intention of changing the “status quo” on the Temple Mount. They emphasize over and over again that the Palestinian campaign to wit “al-Aqsa is in danger” – is a modern blood libel.

It clearly is a modern blood libel.

When the Jordanian-Palestinian Jerusalem newspaper, al-Quds reappeared in 1968, it noted with satisfaction that in Ramadan of that year 600 Muslims came to pray at al-Aqsa. In July 2015 during Ramadan, 47 years after al-Aqsa purported has been in danger under Israeli rule, it reported (along with Hamas media outlets) that 300,000 Muslims did so.

“Al-Aqsa is in danger” has just about the same validity as the assertion that Israel is involved in ethnic cleansing in the territories. The Arab populations of Judea and Samaria/the West Bank and Gaza have grown at least four-fold since 1967 and so has the standard of living – which explains in large part why the number of Muslims praying in al-Aqsa has grown exponentially.

However, that al-Aqsa is not in danger does not mean that the status quo on the Temple Mount should remain. To the contrary, it must change on both strategic and moral grounds. Read more

Rabbi Yehuda Glick’s Miraculous Survival, One-Year Celebration

Doron Keidar reporting from the Menachem Begin Heritage Center of the one year celebration of the attempted assassination of Rabbi Yehuda Glick who is one of the leading Temple Mount activist and has become an icon in Israel on Temple Mount advocacy since his attempted assassination last year.

In celebration of his recovery, Mr. Glick invited many to come and celebrate what God did in allowing him to live against all odds. The head of the department that took care of Mr. Glick informed the audience of the miracle of Rabbi Glicks recovery. Mr. even showed one of the doctors in his staff who was an atheist the ex-rays of Mr. Glicks injuries and he said, “I will go up to the Temple Mount now this is impossible”. The night was full of celebrations and a short documentary titled “A hug from heaven” telling the story of the Glick families last year of fighting for Yehuda’s life and how the Almighty helped them along the way. Of the many who attended the evening a large group from HaYovel arrived with about 150 volunteers from around the world to support Yehuda Glick and his fight for a House of prayer for all nations as is prophesied by the prophets in the Bible.

Yehuda Glick: I’m Here to Say Thank You

One year after surviving an assassination attempt, Yehuda Glick returns to the Menachem Begin Heritage to celebrate his recovery.

A year after being shot four times at point-blank range by an Islamic Jihad terrorist and fighting for his life, Temple Mount rights campaigner Yehuda Glick returned on Sunday evening to the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem, where the assassination attempt took place.

Just moments before last year’s shooting he had given an impassioned speech in support of Jewish prayers rights on the Temple Mount. Despite being Judaism’s holiest site, Jews and other non-Muslims are prevented from praying there due to pressure and threats of violence from Muslim groups.

Despite his grave injuries, Yehuda Glick survived the shooting, and has since gradually returned to his work struggling for Jewish rights on the Temple Mount. Read more

Fatah leaders ‘salute’ Palestinians for rising to defend al-Aksa Mosque

Fatah leaders who met in Ramallah on Wednesday “saluted” the Palestinians for “rising to defend their al-Aksa Mosque and confronting terrorist settlers.”

The members of the Fatah Central Council, including Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, called on Palestinians to “preserve the popular nature” of the current protests “as part of a comprehensive national strategy to avoid sliding into the Israeli square.”

“Propaganda video teaching Palestinians to kill Jews for al-Aksa Mosque threat of Jewish visitors. This and PA incitement to violence has led to the wave of terror in Israel in the last days.” Cry For Zion staff Read more

Cry For Zion Event Press Release

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On October 1, Christians from all over the world gathered in Jerusalem during the Sukkot festival for a special prayer event for Jewish sovereignty and freedom on the Temple Mount. They came from a stunning array of countries, including Canada, Congo, Finland, Holland, India, Iraq, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.

Participants gathered at the Goldman Promenade, next to the UN headquarters and overlooking the Temple Mount. 300 international supporters came to show unity with the Jewish people and to pray for peace and justice on the holiest place in the world, the Temple Mount. The event made history. This is the first time in nearly 2,000 years that Christians have ever publicly supported Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount in such a way. Tragically, in the 4-5th centuries, the Christian community of Jerusalem was praying against, and even rioting against, Jewish access to the Mount!  Read more

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