The Temple Mount is the holiest place on earth to the Jewish people. As of 1967, the State of Israel holds full, legal rights to the Mount, but handed over administration to the Muslim religious Waqf. The Waqf now attempts to monopolize the site.
Today on the Temple Mount, non-Muslims are discriminated against and are not even allowed to move their lips in silent prayer. They are routinely harassed and abused—forbidden from bringing a Bible or prayer book, and even their access is severely restricted. At the Western Wall, which is under Jewish sovereignty, everyone can respectfully pray.
The Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that Jews must be allowed to pray there. Yet, the Police have a legal loophole to discriminate as they wish. Israel has an obligation to uphold international human rights on the Mount, including freedom of worship (UDHR). The decision now rests in the hands of the Government of Israel, the people of Israel, and your support!
For Christians, we recommend The Joy of the Whole Earth: Jerusalem and the Future of the World. This highly current and significant book is a must for Christians to understand the importance and holiness of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. It challenges conventional paradigms, and shifts the focal point of Christian thinking for anyone willing to be confronted by the message of the Bible.
For anyone interested in what the archeology of the Temple Mount actually has to say, The Quest by Leen Ritmeyer is the place to start. As an archeological architect working on the Temple Mount for the past 30 years, Ritmeyer has filled over 400 pages with rich illustrations of the Temple Mount’s archeology as well as the history of that archeology. A go-to book for real facts.
Ambassador Dore Gold is an Israeli diplomat and has served as advisor to two Israeli Prime Ministers. His book The Fight for Jerusalem gives an excellent overview of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim history in Jerusalem. Furthermore, the book gives the hard facts on modern diplomacy regarding Jerusalem, peace negotiations, and particularly Jerusalem’s holy sites.
Many who take an interest in the conflict around Jerusalem want a current, inside-look at the Israeli and Palestinian societies. Many have tried, and most fail. But Catch the Jew! really puts its finger on the pulse of today’s Israel. In this “literary sensation,” journalist Tuvia Tenenbom—fluent in Hebrew, Arabic, and more—spends six months getting everyone fr0m politicians to prostitutes to bare their souls in this hilarious, irreverent, and heart-rending book. In the process, he uncovers a Western-funded, NGO-activism-war.