01 August 2017

Am Yisrael Chai!

'Everyone here tonight proved that they want a Third Temple'
Despite Arab threats, thousands march around Old City walls, marking beginning of Tisha B’Av.

Thousands of Israelis converged on Jerusalem's Old City Monday night, marching around the walls of Jerusalem to commemorate the destruction of the Temple.

The event has taken place every year since 1994, but was almost canceled by the police due to fears of Arab violence. Despite information received by the police of calls on Facebook to 'Stop the settlers from walking to the Western Wall', Jerusalem Police District Commander Yoram Halevi decided not to prevent the traditional event from taking place, and gave the go-ahead.

Event organizers and Woman in Green headed co-founders Nadia Matar and Yehudit Katzover praised the decision."It is brave, moral, and the obvious thing to do" they said "It shows that the police do not submit to terrorism. Any place that is threatened by terrorism should be strengthened and protected by the police."

Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben Dahan [. . .] called on the government to make Jewish prayer possible on the Temple Mount:

"It cannot be that everyone is to pray here except Jews," 

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