Thursday, April 18, 2013

Is Praying a Reason to Kill Someone?

Nadene Goldfoot
To  Palestinians, Jews are not allowed to pray on the Temple Mount, our ancient Temple built originally by King Solomon (961-920 BCE).  That's because they have built their Mosque of Omar on top of it  after 620 CE.    So we can't remember?  It's still there, in part.

"I do not understand why a Jew is not allowed to pray in the most sacred place for him," says the Likud MK, who will visit the volatile spot to see if Jews can gain access for prayer there."  She has immediately been warned by her peers that the act of going there will incite the Muslims.

They need to check out the agreements made by Moshe Dayan, Minister of Defense,  probably back in 1967.  The Mosque of Omar was already built over our Temple and Muslims wanted full rights of decisions over it.  "The Jerusalem Islamic Waqf officially controls the Temple Mount."  I don't think that Moshe Dayan realized what this would lead to when this power was granted to this religious body.

Jews have not been allowed to pray there, even outside of the Temple.   A terror cell was discovered by the police that plotted to kidnap and then shoot Jews  in order to take their guns to shoot Jews praying on the Temple Mount.  They'd shoot the security forces as well.

Caught was Nor Hamdan in February who recruited 4 other East Jerusalem Palestinians.  They were able to receive training, guidance and weaponry from other terrorists in Judea-Samaria and Gaza in February and March.

Actually, "The Chief Rabbinate has ruled that Jews are not allowed to ascend the Temple Mount because it still is holy despite the destruction of the First and Second Temples and that no rituals can be performed because it is impossible to be ritually pure today according to guidelines set out in the Torah."  This ruling certainly backs the Muslims in their zeal to keep us away from this awesome site.  Perhaps the best thing about it has been to protect lives.  Who knew that it was criminal to Muslims for Jews to pray in Jerusalem at their Temple grounds?

Not all mosques keep out all other faiths who want to pray or visit in other cities.  It seems that just at King Solomon's Temple on Mount Moriah, which was rebuilt by returning Jews from Babylonia after Nebuchadnezzar II's conquests in  597-586 BCE after being first destroyed by the Assyrians in 721 BCE.   It's  the most sacred spot on earth to Jews and has become  a place kept from us.

When Israel won in the 1967 war, the first thing the IDF did was to go to the Wailing or Western Wall in Jerusalem, the Wall that had surrounded the Temple once upon a time, and pray, cry and dance in happiness as they had been kept away from this site since 1948.  It had been in the hands of Jordan, and they had attacked and lost the war.

On Monday, October 8, 1990, a riot occurred on the steps of the Temple Mount with PM Yitzhak Shamir defending his people.  It was at the end of the holiday of Sukkot.  Arabs starting stoning Jews there and at other points in Jerusalem.  "Palestinians began throwing stones only after mosques in the nearby village of Silwan announced through loudspeakers that Jewish extremists had come there. The extremists were Jews from the Temple Mount Faithful, who proposed to rebuild Solomon's Temple where the Al-Aqsa mosque now stands. "   That's what the Arabs may have told their flocks, but being my cousin, Stanley Goldfoot, was a member of the Temple Mount Faithful, had told me they didn't know where they might build.  They were a group planning the 3rd temple, but it was just in the planning and development stage.  There were many things to prepare for the Temple and they had been doing only that.

Then on September 29, 2000, PM  Ariel Sharon had an experience on the steps.  He made a visit and marched up to the Haram al-Sharif (gold domed)  with some of his peers and came down.  His visit made the Palestinians so angry that they threw everything they could, chairs, stones, garbage at the IDF that was there to protect Sharon.

The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia,3627430

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