Thursday, October 30, 2014
Pastor Kicked off the Temple Mount--Enough is Enough!
A Christian minister who was forced off of theMount by Muslim officials has released a video of rights on the TempleMount, urging Jews and "the children of Abraham" throughout the world to stand together to end Islamist harassment and discriminatory measures on Judaism's holiest site.
the Waqf - the Islamic trust which administers the site and has been behind the pressure to continue a ban on non-Muslim worship there.Keith told how he recently visited the holy site in Jerusalem when he bumped into veteran Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick. But his warm greeting for one of of the struggle for Jewish prayer rights on the Mount attracted the attention of
Angry Waqf officials surrounded the pastor and forced his group off of theTemple Mount - but he defiantly went back to the entrance and ascended once more. The irony is that Jews who are forced off the Mount by the Waqf are usually banned from reentering.
In the video, aired at a special Temple Mount conference Jerusalem's Menachem Begin Heritage Center yesterday, Johnson called on "my Jewish friends to work together in the spirit of past peaceful protests, and to be resolved not to give in, even in the midst of yelling, cussing, spitting and throwing rocks."
"As an American pastor I am appalled by the actions of some Muslims who chastise Jewish visitors - including children - who desire to ascend theTemple Mount," he declared.
In a show of solidarity for the Jewish people, he began and ended his address in Hebrew, and wished activists "success from the God of Abraham as you continue your struggle to attain freedom to pray on theTemple Mount."
Despite its supreme importance to Jews as the site of the two Holy Temples of Jerusalem, non-Muslim visitors are banned from praying there and face arrest if suspected of doing so. Visibly Jewish visitors are subjected to particularly rigorous checks for "forbidden religious items", which many describe as discriminatory and humiliating, and religious groups are closely monitored both by Waqf officials and Israeli police.
Jewish groups often face blanket bans from ascending altogether, and Islamist groups regularly riot or engage in organized campaigns of harassment of Jewish visitors, in order to prevent Jews from ascending. The recent Jewish festival of Pesach (Passover) saw particularly severe riots by Hamas-affiliated groups on the Temple Mount - triggering calls forthe resignation of Israel's Internal Security Minister and prompting Tuesday's conference.