Monday, January 08, 2007

Jewish prayers not permitted at Judaism's holiest site due to Arab terrorist threats

Police Minister: Rachel's Tomb Soon to be More Accessible
16:53 Jan 02, '07 / 12 Tevet 5767
by Hillel Fendel

Public Security Minister Dichter told religious MKs that he'll act to allow Jews to visit Rachel's Tomb without restrictions in a matter of weeks. The MKs confronted him with other issues as well.

The nine-member National Union-National Religious Party Knesset faction invited Dichter yesterday (Monday) to discuss several issues of concern. Dichter [pictured] served as head of the General Security Service (Shabak) until joining the Kadima party in early 2006...

* A major issue of discussion was that of Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. The police often prevent Jews from praying there at their most sacred site, in order to mollify the Arabs who threaten violence. Jewish prayer at the area known as the Small Wall, further north along the Western Wall, is also often restricted.

MK Uri Ariel said that this status quo must not be allowed to continue. "We must find the opportunity to change this situation, where Jews are not permitted to pray at their most sacred site," he said.

Dichter said that the issue is a diplomatic one that only the government can decide upon. MK Aryeh Eldad said that the Supreme Court had ruled clearly that individual Jews mut be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount. It was agreed that Eldad would transmit a copy of the ruling to Minister Dichter for his perusal...

Restore Jewish prayer upon the Temple Mount
David Ben-Ariel, Toledo, Ohio, USA/Menashe

MK Uri Ariel told Avi Dichter: "We must find the opportunity to change this situation, where Jews are not permitted to pray at their most sacred site." During a Root & Branch lecture in Jerusalem, Professor Nahum Rakover, then Deputy Attorney General of Israel, publicly agreed with me that it isn't illegal for Christians or Jews to pray upon the Temple Mount, even though it is forcibly prevented by the police. Professor Nahum Rakover basically said we're in this situation today because NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE WANT TO EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT to that religious site.

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