Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Quashing Freedom of Religion and (Jewish) Prayer

The Israeli Government's latest edict comes from the Avi Dichter, Minister of Internal Security.

"Jews are allowed to pray on the Temple Mount," he stated, "as long as they don't move their lips."

Seems like our sovereignty of "The Temple Mount is in our hands" grows weaker by the day.

I wish I could find the picture I once posted years ago, of Israeli policemen dragging a Jewish woman off the Temple Mount, with a policeman's hand clamped over her mouth. Her crime? Soundlessly whispering Tehillim on the Temple Mount.

I wonder what additional by-laws Dichter has in store for us? Can one shukel? Place your hand over your eyes as if saying Shma? Can you hold your hand over your mouth and move your lips so it's not seen by the Israeli prayer police and Moslem Waqf?

It is not possible to arrest a person for 'conversing with his maker,'" Dichter replied, using the same terminology of the MKs' letter.

"However it is possible to carry out an arrest for expressions of outward and demonstrative signs [of prayer]."

This interpretation, Dichter continued, "is in line with the rationale that bans Jews from praying at the site, in light of serious concerns that this will serve as a provocation, resulting in disorder, with a near certain likelihood of subsequent bloodshed." Haaretz


What wonderful neighbors we have. A "near certain likelihood of subsequent bloodshed" if we move our lips in prayer...or go hiking in the Hevron mountains.

People that support these monsters are only mirroring their own potential behavior.

Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael

9 comments:

Olah Chadasha said...

The law about Jews not be able to verbally pray or move their mouth at the Temple Mount has been around for a while. Dichter is just restating the law. As far as I can tell, there's nothing new here.

Any sovereignty we might have had ended the second we gave control of the Temple Mount affairs to the wakf. "near certain likelihood of subsequent bloodshed"? Hmmmm... Let's make peace with them!! With friends like these, who needs enemies?!?
-OC

JoeSettler said...

What about that school in Ramat Gan that won't let the kids pray on the premises!

Jerry said...

Jameel- the waffle bar on Derekh Beit Lehem was the featured business in this past week's Jerusalem newspaper, Kol Ha'Ir.

Holy Hyrax said...

why does this law exist? so it doesn't bother the arabs?

Jack's Shack said...

People that support these monsters are only mirroring their own potential behavior.

When you encourage this sort of behavior you reap the rewards. It is shameful.

Jameel- the waffle bar on Derekh Beit Lehem was the featured business in this past week's Jerusalem newspaper, Kol Ha'Ir.

Jerry,

You did notice that a certain someone has been especially busy as of late. Now you know why.

-suitepotato- said...

What about blinking in Morse Code?

Balabusta in Blue Jeans said...

So one is allowed to 'converse with one's maker', as long as no one else notices? Makes perfect sense. What if you pull out your cell phone and pretend you're talking to someone else?

Suite Potato, I believe that the Ramban permits Morse blinking for prayers not requiring a minyan. His wife, however, holds that it is only acceptable for married men, since a single bocher might be assumed to have an uncontrollable tic, which in turn might damage his marriage prospects.

Neshama said...

This absurdity and the absurd remarks by Rav Wolpe about the govt. indicate that a measure of bizareness has descended on Klal Yisrael before the visit of Pres. Bush to Eretz HaKodesh, - the Holy Nation of Klal Yisroel - and the architect of our present disastrous situation is actually coming to Israel.

On the cover of THE ECONOMIST Magazine (British) is a big picture of President Bush under the headline:
"Mr Palestine: The only man who could make it happen."

Oy, Hashem Yerachem!

lakewoodshmuck said...

dichter is in a sense justifying and rationalizing terror!!!
ENOUGH!!!

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