“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.” (Jeremiah 29:12)
Three IDF soldiers in uniform were banned from ascending the Temple Mount Sunday morning, the legal rights organization Honenu said.
Police officers monitoring the visitor’s entrance to the Temple Mount detained the soldiers, who also had a religious appearance, reported Arutz Sheva.
The three soldiers were ordered to report to a nearby military police force, where they were extensively questioned and then released on condition that they would not visit the holy site while wearing their army uniforms.
The Temple Mount is considered the most holy site in all of Judaism and third most holy in Islam. The site of the First and Second Temples, the Mount is currently under the control of the Muslim Waqf.
The site has become a source of increasing controversy in Israel as Jews and other non-Muslim visitors are forbidden from carrying out any form of religious worship. Jews are often verbally and physically harassed by gangs of Muslims whose job is to threaten Jewish visitors.
Last Sunday, on the anniversary of the destruction of the Holy Temples, a young Jewish man was physically carried off by Israeli Police for praying on the Temple Mount. Captured on video, the young bearded man is seen covering his eyes and loudly reciting in Hebrew the six-word Jewish declaration of faith known as the Shema.
“Finally, after 2,000 years, we return home to our homeland, to the capital of our independent state, the only Jewish state and we find ourselves being arrested for reciting a verse of prayer,” Rabbi Yehuda Glick, founder of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, told Breaking Israel News. “The fact that it was the Shema overemphasizes how insane the situation is on the Temple Mount and all because Israel does not want to hurt the feelings of Muslims.”
In separate incidents, three Israelis were arrested by police after saying “Mohammed is a pig” while on the Temple Mount. The first Israeli, 20-year-old Aviva Morris, made the comment after an extended period of provocation by gangs of violent Muslims while ascending the Mount.
According to Morris, gangs of Muslim women “shouted and surrounded us — they called ‘Slaughter the Jews,’ and ‘God is great’ [in Arabic].”
Despite court rulings in Israel opening up access to the Temple Mount for people of all religions, the Israeli Police have refused to enact the legal rulings.