Adar Bet 29, 5771, 04 April 2011
(Israelnationalnews.com) An organization associated with the Islamic Movement recently started a process for free Arab weddings on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem as part of a move to maintain a constant Arab presence at the site within the framework of what has been called reinforcement of the Palestinian heritage, according to an article in the local newspaper Z'man Yerushalayim.
In response, Jerusalem City Council Member Eli Gabai is demanding that Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovich grant equal access to Jews to perform similar ceremonies. Interviewed by Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service, Gabbai said that Israel, as an egalitarian state, should make prayer for Muslims at the site conditional on prayers for Jews at the site. Gabai said he demanded the same thing when Avi Dichter was public security minister, only to be told that such a condition was not democratic. In the words of the council member, "That is to say, discrimination against Jews is democracy at its best.