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!
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Lars Enarson is the co-founder of the Cry for Zion movement. He resides in Israel, where he produces a weekly television show called On the Walls of Jerusalem which aired over several TV satellite networks around the world in both English and Swedish. He is the author of several books. His latest book The Joy of the Whole Earth: Jerusalem and the Future of the World released during 2015.
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On 29 October, 2014 a Muslim terrorist shot Rabbi Yehuda Glick four times in the the body for advocating for Jewish rights and tolerance on the Temple Mount. Rabbi Glick miraculously survived the assassination attempt.
Rabbi Glick, head of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, is a human rights activist and “has worked tirelessly in recent years to restore the right of Jews to worship on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount in preparation for the arrival of the messiah and the building of a third Holy Temple” (Times of Israel).
He was giving a speech at the Menachem Begin Center, Jerusalem, entitled “Israel returns to the Temple Mount.” After the event, a man with an Arabic accent wearing a motorcycle helmet approached Rabbi Glick and asked him for his identity. The man then shot him four times, got on a motorcycle and fled.
Since his miraculous recovery, Rabbi Glick has appeared on BBC Hard Talk and other major news outlets as one of the foremost advocates for human rights on the Temple Mount.
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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.
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