Temple Mount Turning into “Wild West”

“Why do you look with hatred, O many-peaked mountain, at the mount that God desired for his abode, yes, where the Lord will dwell forever?” (Psalm 68:16)

Temple Mount activists Yehuda Glick and Yehuda Etzion met with Israel’s justice minister on Wednesday to confer over the ongoing tensions and violent acts on the holy site, Arutz Sheva reported.

Glick and Etzion called on Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked to ensure that rule of law was applied on the Temple Mount against violent Islamists who attack Jewish visitors as well as allowing Jews, who are routinely banned by the Muslim Waqf, from praying at the holy site.

Despite court orders allowing Jews to visit and pray at Judaism’s most holy site, Israeli Police have ignored and violated the judicial decisions.

Glick and Etzion were accompanied by secular and religious Israeli students from the Students for the Temple Mount organization. The students called on Shaked to work more closely with Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan to uphold civil rights on the Temple Mount, including freedom of expression and freedom of worship.

Following the meeting, Glick told the news website that the state does have the ability to enforce rule of law on the Mount but for some reason is not doing so. In one of many example, groups of Islamist women, known as mouribatoun, are paid to sit at the visitors entrance to the Mount harass Jewish visitors.

For unknown reasons, Glick says that police are preventing the disbandment of the women who verbally attack Jews with anti-Semitic and racist rhetoric.

 
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“If we’re talking about racist chanting, the law allows for up to two years imprisonment,” Glick stated.

Glick and Etzion’s activist efforts are part of a larger struggle to end Israeli appeasement of the Jordanian government, which as threatened to cut ties with Israel if Jews are allowed to pray on the Temple Mount, as well as Muslim extremists.

One activist present at the meeting told Arutz Sheva, “The fundamental responsibility to impose the rule of law on the Temple Mount lies with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who bizarrely refuses to deal with the issues and is not willing to hear about it.”

He added, “Meanwhile, the Mount is run like the Wild West.”

With Muslims now celebrating the month-long Ramadan holiday, there has been an uptick of violence on the Temple Mount.

“I hope that they will use this special time for repentance and prayer and not take advantage of the time for violence on the Temple Mount as has happened in past years.  If, God forbid, they start to incite, I hope that the police will act immediately to stop any violence,” Glick told Breaking Israel News earlier in June.

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