02 August 2017

Repercussions of Being a Frum Jew in Israel

Zoabi: New Arab demands for Temple Mount
MK Hanin Zoabi(Joint Arab List) feels that the successful struggle against metal detectors should be exploited to make new demands on the "occupying police" at the Al-Asqa mosque, including opposition to Jews being allowed to worship on Temple Mount at fixed hours and a blanket permit for all Palestinians to ascend to Temple Mount.

Zoabi also referred to Prime Minister Netanyahu's suggested exchange of territories in a final status arrangement and said that the suggestion was only intended to sow fear and would not be practically implemented since Israel is aware that no Palestinian would agree to "ethnic cleansing" intended to remove a quarter of the Arab population.

Alarm bells in Turkey after synagogue attack
As Jews come under attack in Turkey over Temple Mount crisis, the small community asks why they are being targeted: 'I am a Turkish citizen. Why are you protesting in front of my place of worship?’

On a quiet backstreet not far from Istanbul’s famous Galata Tower on Thursday night, a group of Turkish ultra-nationalists launched an attack on the city’s Neve Shalom Synagogue. Protesters held placards bearing photos of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque, where Israeli authorities last week imposed new security restrictions for Palestinian worshipers. They hurled stones and kicked the synagogue’s steel doors.

“Zionists, come to your senses,” said Kursat Mican, a local leader of the Alperen Hearths group that spearheaded the protest. “If you prevent our freedom of worship there then we will prevent your freedom of worship here.”

Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef published a special announcement this afternoon (Tuesday) against the mass Jewish pilgrimage to the Temple Mount that took place today, Tisha B'Av.

On the other hand, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Dov Kalmanovich asked the police today to leave the Temple Mount open for Jews for another hour.

In his letter to the Jerusalem police, Kalmanovitch wrote, "Jews from all over the country whose rabbis permit them have come to visit the Temple Mount on the day that most symbolizes the loss of the holiest place for Jews.

"It is inconceivable that people who fast and in the heat of the morning wait to enter the Temple Mount and eventually return to their homes without being allowed to enter. I call upon the Israel Police to show compassion and tolerance today on Tisha B'Av and to extend the visit time to the Jews for an additional hour.”

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