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Police Keeping Jews from Entering Temple Mount

reposted from Israel National News
7/5/2015

Temple Institute officials say Jordanian government pressure, Arab incitement keeping Jews off Mount on holy fast.by Uzi Baruch

A large crowd of Jews is waiting for entry to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Sunday morning, on the occasion of the 17th of Tammuz fast that marks the breach of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple.

The Temple Institute, however, is concerned that they will be denied entry due to several concessions made to Palestinian Arabs in honor of Ramadan, as well as the Jordanian government's demands to prevent Jews from entering Judaism's holiest site on its holy days.

"Last week there were calls published by Muslims to prevent the entry of Jews to the Temple Mount, and it turns out they can bend the will of the Israel Police and rule on the Mount," the Institute said. "Muslims at the center of the incitement said on their Facebook pages that the Mount would be closed, and implied that the Mount would be closed until at least the end of Ramadan."

At least 50 Jews are waiting to enter the Temple Mount, frustrated by the Israel Police continuing to ignore them.

"It is unclear why the government prefers to commemorate the destruction of the Temple Mount by alienating Jews and encouraging Muslim riots," the Institute added.

Earlier Sunday, masked Arab terrorists threw rocks at police forces near the Rambam (Mughrabi) Gate to the Temple Mount, which police stated is the true reason for the delay.

There have long been complaints over police conduct on the Temple Mount, where the police force Jews to wait to enter and enforce the Jordanian Waqf ban on Jewish prayer despite the fact that Israeli law ensures the freedom of worship.

Muslims on the holy site have long harassed Jews, and are also accused of waging a "brutal" campaign against priceless, ancient artifacts in an attempt to erase all traces of the Temple Mount's Jewish past.

 

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