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0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem

News Digest: Jews on the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif [1]

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[Translation of text in the attached picture:]

"Tomorrow!
2nd Shvat 5778 [2] – Thursday, January 18th 2018, at 9:00 AM – EVERYONE, come to the Supreme Court hearing in Jerusalem to demand freedom for Jews on the Temple Mount!
The time has come!"

– Seekers of The Temple Mount and the Temple

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"Urgent and extremely dangerous:

[There will be an] Israeli court session Thursday morning to consider giving into settlers' demands and allowing them to conduct themselves completely freely in Al-Aqsa.

The attached poster ends with the call in Hebrew: 'The time has come!'

Meaning the time of complete Jewish takeover of Al-Aqsa Mosque."

– Al-Quds City Center for Research and Learning

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"Occupation High Court of Justice will hold a hearing Thursday morning to consider a request by settlers to allow them to do as they wish in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque."

– Al-Quds News Network

[Selected Comments:]
– "Just as the crusaders went, so too they will go down in the depths of history and the Al-Aqsa Mosque will remain Islamic as Allah wanted it to be."
– "As long as [Egyptian President] Sissi and [Palestinian President Mahmoud] Abbas are their advocates, why not. Look at them! Unbridled cash enables the settlers to steal and rob. But this can't continue. Allah will never allow injustice to last … The people of Bayt Al-Maqdis [Jerusalem] are patient, and indeed, the victory of Allah is near."

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"A group of about 40 Jews, among them several who appear to be Haredim, dared to ascend the Temple Mount again today – which caused turmoil ending in their being removed from the location and police personnel being humiliated by the Arabs.

Eye witnesses described how the incident began when the Arabs deliberately provoked the group, which led to a confrontation. At this point the police intervened, while all the time the Arabs continued humiliating them [The Jews] and pushing the police towards the exit from the site.

As we know, ascending the Temple Mount is a serious sin, whose punishment is Karet [3], according to the rulings of all of the Great Rabbis of our generation and the previous one." [4]

– Kikar Hashabbat

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0202 Editor's Notes:
[1] Non-Muslims, Jews and Christians alike, are allowed onto the site of the Temple Mount during designated visiting hours, but are not allowed to pray there. This agreement is referred to as the 'status quo' agreement. In recent years, Jewish movements who advocate for the Jewish right to pray on the Temple Mount have challenged the Israeli government's strict regulation of the entrance of Jews to the compound. Today, Israeli forces routinely allow Jewish groups to enter the Al-Aqsa Compound under police and army protection, stirring Palestinian fears of an Israeli takeover of the compound. The sensitivity of this site and the fear that the fragile 'status quo' may be breached has repeatedly led to violence.
[2] The date according to the Hebrew calendar.
[3] 'Karet' – A Biblical punishment which essentially sentences the perpetrator to death, but leaves it to God to carry out the sentence.
[4] The issue of ascending the Temple Mount is a source of dispute among Jews: some (including many Haredim) consider it a violation of one of three oaths made by the Jewish people to God, as described in the Babylonian Talmud, not to attempt to bring about the Messianic redemption by force; others consider this prohibition to be obsolete in the modern day.

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