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Activists Crash Jordanian Border in Temple Mount Protest

reprinted from Arutz 7
Kislev 16, 5772, 12/12/11

A group of nationalists tried to cross Israel's border with Jordan to protest Jordan's demand that the Mughrabi bridge not be replaced.

by Gavriel Queenann

Dozens of right-wing activists led by Meir Bartler jumped the fence near Qasr Al Yehud on Monday to protest Jordan's interference on the Temple Mount.

A large border patrol force was deployed to turn the activists away and prevent them from breaching the international boundary with Jordan.

Qasr Al Yehud is located south of the Allenby border crossing, east of Jericho. It is blocked off by a perimeter fence and restricted from civilian access due to its proximity to the border.

The activists subsequently barricaded them in structure at Qasr Al Yehud that they renamed "Metzudat Ze'ev," after Likud headquarters in Tel Aviv.

Bartler told Arutz Sheva "Jordan and its intervention is illegitimate, and yet they interfere in matters pertaining to the Temple Mount. We crossed the border in order to remind every Likudnick of Jabotinsky's words: 'There are two banks to the Jordan - both are ours.'"

"The Likud must return to its Zionist roots," he explained.

The activists are protesting Jordan's warning that replacing the Mughrabi Bridge would result in a religious war in Jerusalem's Old City.

Israel's courts have ruled the structure, which was deemed unsafe, could be replaced by authorities – but there are concerns officials in Jerusalem will cave to Jordanian and Egyptian pressure and not replace the structure.

The closing of the bridge in the absence of a replacement effectively ends Jewish access to the Temple Mount earlier Monday.

David Ha'Ivri, a long-time activist for Jewish rights on the Temple Mount, lauded Bartler's actions. "The little king in Amman should learn to mind his own business," Ha'Ivri said. "Abdullah has become ungrateful to Israel and should know his place."

"The Temple Mount is the most important landmark for the people and State of Israel. We do not need his opinion on how to manage it," he added.

Settlers attempt to establish outpost on Jordan border

reprinted from Jerusalem Post
December 12, 2011 Monday 16 Kislev 5772

"Hilltop Youth" break into closed military zone along the border in protest of Jordanian statements condemning the closure of the Mugrabi Bridge in Jerusalem.

Some 40 right-wing activists broke into a closed military zone along the Jordanian border and occupied an old building on the site in order to establish a settlement outpost Monday night.

The activists from the "hilltop youth" occupied the site, adjacent to Kasser al-Yahud near Jericho, in protest of the Jordanian government's stance against the closure of the Mugrabi  Bridge connecting the Western Wall to the Temple Mount.

The site itself is in a closed military zone separating the West Bank and the Jordanian border. The activists were located approximately 200 meters from the border.

Large IDF and police forces were on the scene and arrests were expected.

MK Michael Ben-Ari (Habayit Hayehudi) expressed his support for the activists' move, saying "Jordanian involvement in the affairs of the Temple Mount breaks boundaries and is interference in the State of Israel." He added, "Whoever involves themselves in our affairs should not be surprised when their affairs are interfered with," Channel 2 reported.

 

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