Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Historic Press Release: ZOA Slams Israel for persecuting Jews on Har Habayit; urges Jewish organizations to advocate

February 13, 2012
Contact: Jeff Daube,
ZOA to Israel Gov't: Stop Police and Muslim Wakf Discrimination Against Jews On Temple Mount

Israel's Temple Mount (Har Habayit), not the Western Wall (Kotel), is Judaism's holiest site. The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) believes that unfettered access and freedom to pray at a holy site is a basic, universally recognized right, which certainly should be accorded to Jews in the Jewish State of Israel. Safe and unimpeded access to holy sites also is guaranteed under Israeli law. 

More Jews have wanted to visit the Temple Mount in recent years as, increasingly, rabbinic authorities are stating publicly that Jewish law does not prohibit this. To their dismay, when they do visit they are subject to blatant discrimination and humiliation by the Israeli police, who are cooperating with and hoping to appease the extremist Muslim Wakf authority on the Mount.

The ZOA has sent a letter to the appropriate government officials urging them to rectify this situation. The addressees include Knesset Interior Affairs and Environment Committee Chair MK Amnon Cohen and committee members; Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman; Minister of the Interior Eli Yishai; Minister of Internal Security Yitzchak Aharonovitch; Minister of Justice Yaakov Ne'eman; Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Yuli Edelstein; and Minister of Religious Affairs Yakov Margi.

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