Temple Mount closed to Jews until further notice

It said to me: O mortal, this is the place of My throne and the place for the soles of My feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the people Yisrael forever. The House of Yisrael and their kings must not again defile My holy name by their apostasy and by the corpses of their kings at their death.

Ezekiel

43:

7

(the israel bible)

April 27, 2022

2 min read

Last week, the government announced that non-Muslims would be prohibited from visiting the Temple Mount until Ramadan ends next Sunday. This week, the Temple Mount Administration announced the prohibition would be extended indefinitely “until further notice.” The announcement comes after A record 4,625 Jewish visitors entered the Temple Mount during the Passover holiday.

Jews who arrived at the only gate accessible to them on Sunday were greeted with signs informing them of the new restriction. In response, a sign was posted stating, “Israel submitted to terrorism.” Police removed the signs. 

Due to Palestinian violence, it has become relatively routine to close the site to non-Muslims in the last days of the Ramadan month. But the last time the Israeli government closed the site to Jews indefinitely was last year during Operation Guardian of the Walls. Rather than appease the Arabs, the move resulted in widespread Arab riots across the country and more than 4,600 rockets from Gaza.

Palestinian violence on the Temple Mount has targeted Israeli police with rocks and fireworks, while the Arabs have used stones, presumably left at the site from the destruction of the Jewish Temples, to blockade the pathways used by Jews visiting the site. 

The Temple Mount violence comes after a wave of Palestinian terrorism in which 14 Israelis were murdered. Rockets were fired from Gaza last weekend as well.

This year, Ramadan, Easter, and Passover, all holidays that turn the focus onto Jerusalem, coincided. The celebrations were all disturbed due to Palestinian violence. It should be emphasized that there have been no reports of violence by Jews or Christians observing their holidays.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid expressed his commitment to enforcing the racist policies. 

“Israel is committed to the status quo on the Temple Mount,” said Lapid in a briefing to foreign journalists at his Jerusalem ministry on Sunday afternoon. “Muslims pray on the Temple Mount; non-muslims only visit. There is no change; there will be no change.”

Lapid stated that the Israeli police were instructed to enforce the policy, though he was disturbed by its racist nature that violates Israeli law.

“By the way, I don’t feel comfortable with the idea that Jews do not have freedom of religion in the State of Israel and that Jews are banned from the site,” Lapid said.“By the way, I don’t feel comfortable with the idea that Jews do not have freedom of religion in the State of Israel and that Jews are banned from the site,” Lapid said. “I do know what instructions the police have – and they’re enforcing them to the best of their ability – that Muslims can pray on the Temple Mount and that other religions can visit.” 

On Monday, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, firmly blamed the Palestinian terrorists in an address to the United Nations Security Council. 

“The only ones – the only ones – breaking the status quo on the Temple Mount are the Palestinian terror groups inflaming the holy sites,” Erdan said. “Hundreds of Palestinian terrorists rioting on the Temple Mount posed a threat to both Muslims and Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall, and therefore the Israeli police had to intervene.”

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