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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Temple Mount closed to Jews for Tisha b'Av

The Temple Mount was closed to Jews on Tisha b'Av out of fear of 'provocations.'
Nearly 100 right-wing activists arrived at the entrance to the Temple Mount on Sunday morning only to be informed that the site was closed to Jewish visitors.

The activists held a reading of Eicha (Lamentations) the traditional text of Tisha Be’av, which commemorates the destruction of the Temple, outside the entrance to the Temple Mount.

“There were indications from Muslims and from Jewish worshippers that there would be a possibility of incidents taking place on Temple Mount, so after security assessment made early hours of this morning the decision was made by Jerusalem district police in order to prevent any incidents,” said National Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

“The time has come for the racist policies of the police to end,” said MK Michael Ben Ari (National Union). He accused Public Securities Minister Yitzhak Aharanovitch of “implementing apartheid policies” by not allowing Jews on the site.

“The fact that this happened on Tisha Be’av shows how much Temple Mount is not in our hands,” said Likud activist Moshe Feiglin, who compared the decision to a “modern destruction” of the Temple.

Feiglin said former Jerusalem Police chief Nisso Shaham had promised the Temple Mount would be open to Jews on Sunday. On Thursday, Shaham was forced to take a leave of absence following an investigation into charges of sexual harassment and improper sexual relations with a policewoman.
Come on guys - no one really believed it was going to be open to Jews, did we? We should be used to this already.

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At 10:57 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The only country in the world where anti-Semitism is official state policy is.... in Israel.

Of course Israeli officials have no shame in decrying anti-Semitism elsewhere.

The chutzpah surrounding this incident shows us Israel has to repair its own house first.

Don't hold your breath waiting for those anti-Jewish policies to change any time soon.

What could go wrong indeed


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