13 July 2018
On what Israel commemorates as Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), the day commemorating the Zionist victory in the 1967 Six Day War, a record 2080 Jewish settlers made provocative visits to Masjid al-Aqsa. This, according to Temple Movements is the most Jews that have been at the holy site in one day for millenia.
Yera’eh, an organization promoting Zionist takeover of al-Aqsa, counts the number of settlers who visit the Masjid every day. Elisha Sanderman, a representative from Yera’eh, informed Breaking Israel News that on Sunday May 13, 2080 Jews visited. “Last year on Yom Yerushalayim, a little more than 900 Jews went up so I thought I was being optimistic by expecting 1500 people,” Sanderman said. “To see so many Jews on the Temple Mount was truly a joyous day reminiscent of the Temple Feasts.”
This according to Zionist sources was an “all-time record”, breaking the previous maximum of 1260 settlers who went up on the commemoration of Tisha B’Av.
“It was Yom Yerushalayim and when Jews look to Jerusalem, their hearts turn to the Temple Mount, Sanderman said. “We are breaking record after record.”
Temple Mount is the name used by Zionists to refer to Masjid al-Aqsa, which according to Islam was the second Masjid to be established on earth.
Assaf Fried, the spokesman for the Temple Organizations Headquarters, sees the increased visits as part of a global historic process.
“Yesterday we saw the most Jews on the Temple Mount than have been on the Temple Mount at one time since the Second Temple was standing,” Fried told Breaking Israel News in May. “We returned to the Temple Mount over 70 years ago and despite all the amazing things that are happening in the rest of Israel, our holiest site is still waiting for us.”
According to Yera’eh, a mere 5658 Jews came to Masjid al-Aqsa in 2009. In 2014 and 2015, about 11,000 Jews visited each year. This went up in 2016 when 14 626 Jews visited. The number peaked in 2017 when 25 628 settlers made provocative visits. Settlers expect 2018 to exceed all records.
“This trend of Jews coming to the site started slowly but it is gaining momentum and now, there is no way to stop it,” Fried said.
Fried attributes this increase in Jewish visitation to improved conditions.
“Just a few years ago, Jews felt threatened on the Temple Mount,” Fried claimed. “The Muslims were permitted to yell and curse at the Jews. They are no longer permitted to do so. On Yom Yerushalayim, many families with small children visited the site, something that would have been impossible, or at least exceedingly unpleasant, just a few years ago.”
Another demographic change has been an increase in the number of Haredi Jews that ascend to the site.
“Until recently, almost all of the Haredi rabbis instructed their followers not to visit the Temple Mount,” Fried explained. “Recently, we have seen a drastic increase in the number of Haredi Jews at the site. Before Yom Yerushalayim, several major rabbis began advocating to ascend to the Temple Mount.”
Fried noted that the Muslims at the site were confronted with an unprecedented situation: being a minority at the site.
“In the morning, when the crowds began to arrive, The Arabs were in shock and didn’t know how to react,” Fried said. “In the afternoon, the Arabs brought more people to the site to create tension. For the most part, the Israeli police were very good at keeping order. In one instance, an Arab attacked a Jew with a belt and injured him.”
Speaking about the large numbers of Zionists who visited al-Aqsa on ‘Jerusalem Day’, Yaakov Hayman, Chairman of the United Temple Movements noted, “there were so many Jews singing that the police couldn’t do anything about it.”
“And that is the true message about the day. What are the police going to do when there are 4000, or 8000 Jews at the site and one thousand begin praying.”
SOURCE: Breaking Israel News (Adapted by MasjidalAqsa.net)