Finally, a Muslim Official Kicked Off the Temple Mount

by Avi Abelow

One of the biggest disgraces today is that Israel allows the Muslim WAQF authority to set the rules for Jewish visitors to our holy site. An even bigger disgrace is that WAQF officials follow and track the movements of all Jewish visitors to the Mount and harras the Jewish visitors. Rarely do the Israeli police kick off the WAQF instigators, in order to not cause diplomatic issues with the Jordanian Monarchy, that oversees the WAQF. On Tuesday, they finally did kick one official off for harassing the Jewish visitors.

Jews Visiting the Temple Mount

Hundreds of Jews visited the Temple Mount on Tuesday in preparation of the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.  It is the Yom Kippur holiday, the Day of Atonement. This is a beautiful site to see! We are witnessing a significant increase in the number of Jews ascending the Temple Mount. This year 28,800 Jews ascended the Temple Mount, which is about a 30 percent increase from last year. This is HUGE! We will only be able to attain freedom of religion for Jews on our holy site after there is enough of a public demand for it.

Some of the Muslim officials harassed the Jewish visitors as they circled around the Mount. Five Arabs were arrested. This is good news, because usually they arrest Jews for saying a prayer or prostrating on the Mount, an expectation of the Muslim WAQF.

This is how the Muslim authorities report the Tuesday event

“Since morning, almost 300 Jewish settlers, backed by police, stormed the mosque compound through the Al-Magharbeh Gate,” Firas al-Dibs, a spokesman for Jerusalem’s Jordan-run Religious Endowments Authority, told Anadolu Agency.

“Settlers toured the complex, passing by the Al-Qibali and Dome of the Rock mosques, where they performed Talmudic rituals — including dances — before departing through the Al-Silsila Gate,” he said.

Are all Jews Settlers?

(By the way, notice how they report all Jews as settlers? Do they know where these Jews live in Israel? No, they do not. They come from all over Israel, not just from Judea and Samaria. This is the root of the conflict. The Muslim world does not accept Jews living anywhere in our ancestral homeland. It has nothing to do with the “West Bank” or “settlements.” They consider every Jew all across Israel to be a “settler”.)

Now for the Truth

Jews are discriminated against on our own holy site. While The Temple Mount is claimed to be the third holiest site for Muslims, it is the number one holy site for Jews. While Jews all around the world pray towards the Temple Mount, Muslims pray towards Mecca, their number one holy site.  The Arabs prostrate with their backsides facing the Temple Mount when they bow on the Mount.

In order not to cause any diplomatic incidents, the Israeli government allows the police to enforce the rules of the WAQF, which discriminates against Jews.

Jews ought to be able to visit the Temple Mount whenever we want.  Yet we are not. Jews should have access to the Mount through all eleven entrances, like the Muslims do.  Yet Jews can only use one entrance, for certain hours of the day.

Then when Jews are allowed on the Mount, they are followed and harassed by the Muslim officials.

Peace with the Muslim World?

Peace will only begin when the Muslim world practices tolerance and respect towards other religions. Otherwise, peace with the Muslim world, anywhere in the world, is impossible.

It is that simple.

Finally good to see one of the Muslim WAQF harassers get thrown off the Mount for harassing the Jewish visitors.

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