Yehudah Glick Arrested and Accused of:"Encouraging Jews to Ascend the Temple Mount"
SUNDAY MORNING, JANUARY 25th, 2009, Yehudah Glick, director of the Temple Institute was arrested upon entering the Temple Mount. No reason for his arrest was offered, and after being held in custody for a number of hours he was released.
MONDAY MORNING, JANUARY 26th, 2009, Yehudah Glick was arrested a second time at the entrance to the Temple Mount. He was placed in police custody, prevented from communicating with the outside world, and not allowed contact with his lawyer. He was physically harassed, handcuffed, and questioned by investigators. Yehudah Glick was accused of "encouraging Jews to come to the Temple Mount," to which he readily admitted. Accusing Glick of disturbing the peace the police are threatening him with a lifetime ban from entering the Temple Mount. After five hours in custody, Glick has been released.
AGAIN: Yehudah Glick has been arrested for "encouraging Jews to ascend the Temple Mount." Glick has admitted to bringing hundreds of groups of interested Jews to the Temple Mount yet not once causing a disturbance of any kind, nor breaking the law by doing so.
THIS DESPERATE ACT by the police appears to be aimed at restoring a previous status quo in which far fewer Jews pursued their G-d given rights as Jews in the land of Israel to be seen by G-d and to entreat Him in prayer on the Temple Mount, and their legally guaranteed rights as citizens in the democratic state of Israel - legal rights which are enshrined in the statutes of the state of Israel, to do the same.
WE THE JEWS will not be discouraged, nor dissuaded. We the Jews are returning to the sacred courtyards of the House of the L-rd. It is incumbent upon the police to adapt to this rapidly changing reality. Rather than try to beat and harass and intimidate the awakening Jewish people into abandoning the Torah of their fathers and the Divine promise of redemption, the police should be redoubling their efforts to guarantee the smooth and successful access to the Temple Mount of Jewish worshippers. The is the mandate of the Temple Mount police. The police would be well advised to heed the words of Torah:
"But the more they afflicted them, (the Jews), the more they multiplied and the more their numbers grew."
Reminds me of when an Israeli police officer at the Russian Compound in Jerusalem asked me why I wanted the Temple built and I said, "Isn't it the TEMPLE Mount?" He smiled and actually seemed pleased with the question and couldn't argue against it! Who can?
A House of Prayer For All Peoples?
Jewish guards prevent Christians and Jews from exercising their religious right to pray on the Temple Mount? That's right! Only Muslims have unlimited access to Judaism's most holy site. Only the Koran is permitted within. The Tanach (Jewish Scripture, known to much of the world as the "Old Testament") and Christian Scriptures (the New Testament) are forbidden. Yet Israel claims to respect the religious rights of all people.
Jews Must Demand Rights to Temple Mount
During a 1995 Root and Branch lecture in Jerusalem, Professor Nahum Rakover, author and then Deputy Attorney General of Israel, publicly agreed with me that it isn't illegal for Christians or Jews to pray upon the Temple Mount, even though it is forcibly prevented by the police.
Restore Israeli Sovereignty Over Temple Mount
The Wakf, the militant Muslim authority that oversees Jerusalem's Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site and Islam's alleged third holiest site (following Mecca and Medina) continue to show blatant disregard for Jewish, Christian and biblical history and non-Muslim sensitivities.
During my brief appearance before Israel's High Court, the prosecution charged that I hold "dangerous ideas." I suppose the short-sighted prosecution would ban the Bible if he could since it contains the "dangerous ideas" that millions believe in! What are those "dangerous ideas?"