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Temple Movement hails new ‘record’ in settler visits to al-Aqsa over Passover

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13 April 2019

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Claiming it to hearken back to echoes of the “days of the Temple” members of the Temple Movement, which seeks to establish full Jewish sovereignty over al-Aqsa, hailed in April the Passover holiday for seeing a “record number of Jews ascend” Masjid al-Aqsa at one time.

Elishama Sandman of the Yera-eh Temple Movement reported on the numbers of settlers who made provocative visits to al-Aqsa in during the period in question in April as:

  • 2438 Jews visited al-Aqsa during the week despite stormy and rainy conditions
  • On the Thursday of the week in question, the Israeli police permitted four especially large groups, one with 120 members. As a result, there were almost 300 Jews at al-Aqsa at one time, a new ‘record.’
  • On Thursday, the eve of the Seventh Day of Passover, a total of 834 Jews made provocative visits to al-Aqsa

“All of Israel was represented with many families and children touring the Temple Mount,” the Temple Movement member claimed to Breaking Israel News. “The police ensured that anyone who wanted to ascend was able to and that they were able to fully tour the site within the accepted boundaries. A large number of prominent and influential rabbis made their first visits to the site.”

“We can only hope that this is the beginning of many trends; that more Jews will come, that more rabbis will support this, and that the police will continue to allow this important phenomenon to flourish,” Sandman said.

SOURCE: Breaking Israel News