Izzy And The Muslim Guard

We have a local email list in my town of Efrat, in Judea. People may post about needing a ride into Jerusalem or about an upcoming rally or about dogs that won’t stop barking. Sometimes we even get a local weather report, from our local meteorologist, Dr. Barry Lynn, who set up a weather station not far from my home.

I get the efrat-chat as a digest, because otherwise, it would just be too much mail. I scan the titles and read whatever looks interesting. On Thursday, I read this post by Izzy of Alon Shvut:

When I was at the Kotel yesterday I saw that construction was being done to the ramp leading onto to Har HaBayit. When I asked the security guard what was being done and commented to him that Jews are not permitted to go and pray there, he answered me that,

‘This is the way it should be—it’s a Muslim Holy site.’

When I told him that it was the Holiest spot for Jews and that the Jewish Temples once stood there, he answered that although that may have been true in the past, today it is only for Muslims while the Kotel is for Jews. I asked him if he was a Muslim, to which he responded that he was.

Reading that post I felt something like an electric shock course through my veins. I shivered. This is the direct result of our own actions, I thought. We recaptured the Temple Mount (Har HaBayit) in 1967. Motta Gur, then commander of the Paratroopers’ Brigade announced, “Har HaBayit b’yadeinu!!”

The Temple Mount is in our hands.

And then Moshe Dayan, the IDF Chief of Staff at that time, handed it back to the just-vanquished enemy. He gave the Temple Mount, the holiest spot of the Jewish people, to the Muslim religious authority, the Wakf, to administer.

To my mind, this is the gravest sin of my people in modern history. This grievous act allowed a false narrative to spread and take hold, that the Western Wall, the remains of a retaining wall that once surrounded the Temple, is the holiest religious site for the Jews.

It is not.

The holy spot, the quintessential holy spot of the Jewish people is the Temple Mount. Har HaBayit. Here, on this spot, the Muslims built a giant mosque, to cement the erroneous idea that the area is historically their own: that it is holy to them.

It is not.

Izzy, age 60, grew up in New York and moved to Alon Shvut, 4 years ago.

Izzy, age 60, grew up in New York and moved to Alon Shvut, 4 years ago.

The Arabs work feverishly to remove all archaeological evidence of a Jewish presence at this site. They are destroying precious Temple artifacts with bulldozers, and dumping loads of priceless dirt into nearby valleys.

Today, it is forbidden for Jews to pray on the Temple Mount. If Prime Minister Netanyahu accedes to John Kerry’s demands, will East Jerusalem become the capitol of the Palestinian State? Will we lose the Temple Mount altogether?

How many people know that Jerusalem is not once mentioned in the Koran?

 

About Varda Epstein

A third-generation-born Pittsburgher on her mother’s mother’s side, Varda moved to Israel 34 years ago and is a crazy political animal who spams people with right wing political articles on Facebook in between writing about education as the communications writer at Kars for Kids, raising her 12 children, and noshing constantly on fried food

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  • walt kovacs

    how the arabs have handled the temple mount is an abrogation of every agreement signed.

    all peoples are to have access to all holy sites

    by breaking this part of the agreements, the arab has forfeited his right to the land and to a state and should be immediately expelled

    and im just the man to do that

    • Varda Meyers Epstein

      Israel is no less culpable. The Israeli police enforce the wishes of the Wakf man. They don’t want Arabs rioting, so they stop Jews from praying.

      • walt kovacs

        btw, yisrael medad is correct

        dayan may have thought that he was making sure that there would not be issues with the arabs by giving them the right to oversee the temple mount, but all he did was reinforce the jews status as a dhimmi

        so the muslim continue to believe that they are doing allah’s will by preventing jews to rebuild the temple, for we have not repented our sins

        it is why all peace negotiations made by man will continue to fail

        because my rosh yeshiva paskins that we cannot enter the temple mount until the temple is rebuilt, i will not. however, i do not want some crazed apikores muslim telling me what i can and cannot do

        i am not a dhimmi, and those filthy buggers are not my master

        • Varda Meyers Epstein

          I also wouldn’t tour the Temple Mount, but it should be protected as our chief national treasure. What Dayan did is unspeakable.

    • Rabbi Burns

      What else will it take for you Jews to kick out the waqf???

  • walt kovacs

    how the arabs have handled the temple mount is an abrogation of every agreement signed.

    all peoples are to have access to all holy sites

    by breaking this part of the agreements, the arab has forfeited his right to the land and to a state and should be immediately expelled

    and im just the man to do that

  • walt kovacs

    how the arabs have handled the temple mount is an abrogation of every agreement signed.

    all peoples are to have access to all holy sites

    by breaking this part of the agreements, the arab has forfeited his right to the land and to a state and should be immediately expelled

    and im just the man to do that

    • http://www.kars4kids.org/blog Varda Meyers Epstein

      Israel is no less culpable. The Israeli police enforce the wishes of the Wakf man. They don’t want Arabs rioting, so they stop Jews from praying.

      • walt kovacs

        btw, yisrael medad is correct

        dayan may have thought that he was making sure that there would not be issues with the arabs by giving them the right to oversee the temple mount, but all he did was reinforce the jews status as a dhimmi

        so the muslim continue to believe that they are doing allah’s will by preventing jews to rebuild the temple, for we have not repented our sins

        it is why all peace negotiations made by man will continue to fail

        because my rosh yeshiva paskins that we cannot enter the temple mount until the temple is rebuilt, i will not. however, i do not want some crazed apikores muslim telling me what i can and cannot do

        i am not a dhimmi, and those filthy buggers are not my master

        • http://www.kars4kids.org/blog Varda Meyers Epstein

          I also wouldn’t tour the Temple Mount, but it should be protected as our chief national treasure. What Dayan did is unspeakable.

    • Rabbi Burns

      What else will it take for you Jews to kick out the waqf???

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The Knesset may decide otherwise. There is a bill passing through that would restore sovereignty of the temple Mount to Israel. Kerry may not like it, but the Clown Prince of Ketchup is a nebbish as far as I am concerned.

    • Varda Meyers Epstein

      The irony is that I am from Pittsburgh, where that ketchup is made.

      • Honorary

        The good news is that MacDonald did not use Heinz ketchup anymore, hooray!! Its about time that we should brng up the U boat that Kerry lied about his heroic act in Hanoi and President Bush explored his lie and the rest is history.
        This guy Kerry is sick and creepy like obama, they both had no brain and ignorant of history, and about foreign policy. obama is ‘subhuman Mongrell and kerry is ‘subhuman SOB’

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The Knesset may decide otherwise. There is a bill passing through that would restore sovereignty of the Temple Mount to Israel. Kerry may not like it, but the Clown Prince of Ketchup is a nebbish as far as I am concerned.

    • http://www.kars4kids.org/blog Varda Meyers Epstein

      The irony is that I am from Pittsburgh, where that ketchup is made.

      • Honorary

        The good news is that MacDonald did not use Heinz ketchup anymore, hooray!! Its about time that we should brng up the U boat that Kerry lied about his heroic act in Hanoi and President Bush explored his lie and the rest is history.
        This guy Kerry is sick and creepy like obama, they both had no brain and ignorant of history, and about foreign policy. obama is ‘subhuman Mongrell and kerry is ‘subhuman SOB’

  • MohammedTheTeddyBear

    Maybe Motta Gur should’ve said, “Efsher Har HaBayit b’yadenu!”

    • Varda Meyers Epstein

      Or “Beinatayim Har Habayit b’yadenu.”

  • MohammedTheTeddyBear

    Maybe Motta Gur should’ve said, “Efsher Har HaBayit b’yadenu!”

    • http://www.kars4kids.org/blog Varda Meyers Epstein

      Or “Beinatayim Har Habayit b’yadenu.”

  • Pensiveus

    Don’t worry, Jerusalem won’t be the capital of a palestinian state, simply because there won’t be any. Since the arabs are not interested in peace, since they live on all that aids what they get from the west and Israel beeing “occupied”, Jerusalem will be the capital of The Jewish State, as it always have been.

    And the so called peace talks will go on forever, or until Israel annex Judea-Samaria, and expel all the arabs who doesn’t intend to live in peace together with the Jewish people.

  • http://ebbenmaradtunk.tumblr.com/ Pensiveus

    Don’t worry, Jerusalem won’t be the capital of a palestinian state, simply because there won’t be any. Since the arabs are not interested in peace, since they live on all that aids what they get from the west and Israel beeing “occupied”, Jerusalem will be the capital of The Jewish State, as it always have been.

    And the so called peace talks will go on forever, or until Israel annex Judea-Samaria, and expel all the arabs who doesn’t intend to live in peace together with the Jewish people.

  • Ron Barak

    Erratum: “And then Moshe Dayan, the IDF Chief of Staff at that time”
    In 1967, Moshe Dayan was the Minister of Defence, not the Chief of Staff (in Democratic Israel, decisions of policy are handled by politicians, not army personnel).

  • Ron Barak

    Erratum: “And then Moshe Dayan, the IDF Chief of Staff at that time”
    In 1967, Moshe Dayan was the Minister of Defence, not the Chief of Staff (in Democratic Israel, decisions of policy are handled by politicians, not army personnel).

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