Sunday, October 25, 2009

Arabs Attack Jews on Temple Mount. What Did We Expect?


There are some things observant people just can't do right now while we don't have a restored Temple, we don't have a Sanhedrin, we don't have our Kohenim and our Levi'im in place--but, uh, isn't that the point?

After all, aren't we supposed to observe the WHOLE TORAH, not just parts of it?

Even when it is not politically expedient?

Even when it is scary?

Even when the whole world is against us?

Obviously, we have not visited this Mitzvah in a while:

The Lord spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, saying:

Speak to the children of Israel and say to them: When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan,

you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, destroy all their temples, destroy their molten idols, and demolish their high places.

You shall clear out the Land and settle in it, for I have given you the Land to occupy it.

You shall give the Land as an inheritance to your families by lot; to the large, you shall give a larger inheritance and to the small you shall give a smaller inheritance; wherever the lot falls shall be his; according to the tribes of your fathers, you shall inherit.

But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the Land from before you, then those whom you leave over will be as spikes in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they will harass you in the land in which you settle.

And it will be that what I had intended to do to them, I will do to you.

--Bemidbar 33

The time has come for us to assert our rights to our MOST HOLY PLACE. Israel must have control of the Temple Mount.

When Israel controls Holy Places, all are welcome--Jews, xtians, and moslems. When arabs control Holy Places, only arabs may visit.

It is a constant humiliation that arabs control our most sacred place. We cannot allow this to continue.

Jerusalem is sacred BECAUSE it is the place of the Temple. Without our Temple, without our heart, nothing matters and we will lose everything.

Hashm has strengthened their hand against us because we refuse to raise our hand and take what is rightfully ours. Hashm will continue to harden their hearts and make life impossible for us until we realize what must be done.

They will harass us and incite against us, they will grow in their boldness.

In this way, Hashm will force us to act, even though so many of us wish to continue this fake peace that insures nothing more than our slow destruction.

There is no such thing as peace without war, just as there is no such thing as life without death, love without loss, healing without pain.

Oct 25, 2009 10:45 | Updated Oct 25, 2009 12:31
Hamas, Islamic Movement blamed for Temple Mt. clashes

Three policemen were lightly wounded late Sunday morning as security forces stormed the Temple Mount for the second time in just a few hours after dozens of young Muslims began throwing rocks.

The security forces hurled stun grenades to quell the rioters.

Two of the policemen wounded by the rock-throwers were treated at the scene, while the third was evacuated to the capital's Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.

It came just as police officers were talking to the Waqf in order to get some 100 young Muslim protesters involved in earlier violence to come out of the Aksa Mosque where they had holed themselves up. Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said that the officers had promised not to arrest them if they descended from the mount.

Police Chief Commissioner Insp.-Gen. David Cohen accused the Islamic Movement of inciting the rioters.

"Throughout the day, very large groups of Arab residents of east Jerusalem and other Israeli Arabs have come to the area at the encouragement of the Islamic Movement," he told reporters. "I urge them (the Islamic Movement) to show restraint and not to incite."

Cohen went on to say that police would deal with all rioters on the Temple Mount as well as the inciters "with a heavy hand."

The Israel Police issued a separate statement, also blaming Hamas for incitement in a bid to "disrupt order on the Temple Mount."

There were sporadic instances of rock-throwing elsewhere in east Jerusalem, including in Ras el-Amud, where some 15 Arabs pelted police and were dispersed.

In total, 15 Arab rioters were arrested in the Jerusalem violence on suspicion of throwing rocks and attacking police.

Police said that the earlier disturbances began when officers were accompanying a group of tourists up to the mount, and several Muslim youngsters were caught on video camera preparing to cause trouble, including gathering rocks to throw and pouring oil onto the ground to hinder the access of security forces and the visitors.

Following the discovery, police reinforcements stormed the mount and were pelted with stones and a fire bomb by the young rioters. The forces dispersed the riots using stun grenades, among other means at their disposal, and a tense calm was briefly restored to the area.

Though police on Saturday had said they were bracing for the possibility of renewed clashes, no restrictions had been placed on Muslims entering the Temple Mount for Sunday prayers, or on visitors who arrived in the morning to tour the compound.

Following the first outbreak of violence, worshipers who weren't already in the site's mosques were evacuated . . . [MORE]

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