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Brian Schrauger from Bridges For Peace News has written an important article regarding the current situation on the Temple Mount (ed. note).
Monday, 26 October 2015. The foremost legal scholar of Islam in Jerusalem is the Grand Mufti, Muhammad Hussein. He recently asserted that the first man, Adam, perhaps with the help of angels, built today’s Dome of the Rock, the 1,300-year-old Islamic shrine that sits atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City. Accordingly, he said, the site has been an Islamic mosque “3,000 years ago and 30,000 years ago.”
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!
One of the most common misconceptions is that Jews abandoned the Temple Mount after the destruction of the second Temple by the hands of the Romans in 70 CE, which is absolutely wrong. I used to believe this myth myself.
As I have studied the actual history of the Temple Mount and what happened to the Jewish presence and prayer on the Mount after the destruction of the second Temple, I was surprised to discover that we have had a continual Jewish presence on the Mount, as well as on the Mt. of Olives east of Mt. Zion facing the Holy Temple.
I also discovered another important and surprising fact. It was Christians that often made sure to prevent Jews from returning to the Temple Mount, rebuilding the Third Temple, or even praying on the place on which both Temples stood!
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Israel’s Chief of Police calls to stop Israeli politicians from visiting Mt Zion in order to appease Muslim extremists. (When has such a policy of appeasement ever worked?). The Attorney General has not agreed with his recommendation.
Despite the brave service of many police officers, it is the police who are in practical terms responsible for the terrible “status quo” situation on the Temple Mount.
The State of Israel has an obligation to uphold international human rights on the Temple Mount according to UDHR, Article 18. This includes the right of non-Muslims to pray on the Mount. Numerous Israeli supreme court rulings confirm this.
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Source: Shay Belalo, jerusalemonline.com, 14-11-26, photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.
Almost 40% of the Jewish population in Israel believes in changing government policy surrounding Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount – even at the cost of bloodshed, according to a survey by the “Peace Index” published Monday by the Guttman Center at the Israel Democracy Institute and the Evens Program for Solution Conflict Resolution at Tel Aviv University.
Despite this, 56% of respondents still believe in restricting Jews from praying on the Mount to “prevent friction with the Muslim world.”
The survey follows Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declaration recently that his intention is to maintain the “status quo” at the site, whereby Jews are forbidden to pray as a response to Muslim pressure – despite round after round of Arab rioting.
Israel’s closure of the Temple Mount to all visitors – Jews and Muslims alike – following the shooting of Temple Mount rights advocate Yehuda Glick is tantamount to a “declaration of war,” Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas stated Thursday.
The terror must be stopped, emphasized Edelstein, adding “we have to allow free prayer for all religions on the Temple Mount.”
Glick has championed the push for Jewish prayer rights on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, and sought to fight the discriminatory practices of the Jordanian Waqf (Islamic trust) that has remained in de facto control of the site and forbidden Jewish prayer.