Tishrei 20, 5774, 24/09/13
September 24, 2013, TORONTO -- In an unprecedented International move Canadian Jews have today called on the Government of Canada to help safeguard their rights on the Har HaBayit (Temple Mount), site of the First and Second Temples. B’nai Brith Canada has, in formal requests to Dr. Bennett of Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom, Naftali Bennett, Israeli Minister of Religious Services and Uzi Landau, Israeli Minister of Tourism and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, expressed its concerns regarding freedom of religion for Jewish and Christian worshippers on Israel’s Har HaBayit and urged them to speak out against acts of intolerance and violence.
“The ongoing violation of religious freedom rights of Jews and Christians taking place at Har HaBayit (Temple Mount) demands that Canada add its voice to help ensure unrestricted and safe access for all,” said Frank Dimant, CEO, B’nai Brith Canada “The delegation from B’nai Brith Canada's Presidential Mission, after initially being denied access, visited Har HaBayit only to be subjected to overt acts of antisemitism in the form of hateful shouts of "Allah Ahkbar" and young children who assaulted the delegation with rocks while their elders looked on.”
“This experience is not at all isolated - Jews are been treated as second class citizens on a daily basis. Over the High Holiday of Rosh Hashana which has just taken place,Muslim men were arrested after attacking Jews with rocks on the Temple Mount and access was restricted to Jews and Christians on the first day of Rosh Hashana and completely denied on the second day. Any non-Muslim permitted to enter is not allowed a moment to stop and experience the holiness of the site in the fear that they might stop to pray - actions that would lead to their arrest.”
[B’nai Brith Canada made their first ascent to the Temple Mount this past spring, guests of the Temple Institute's Rabbi Chaim Richman.]