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When praying is a crime and fanatical violence is a virtue

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The Israel-Arab conflict is full of contradictions and astounding facts, but to an outside observer like me, nothing is quite as contradictory and bizarre as the situation on the Temple Mount, the Jews’ holiest site (known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif and their third holiest site).

On the Temple Mount, it is forbidden for Jews (sit down for this) to pray. Yes, pray. No matter how quietly, and no matter how discreetly, Jews are not allowed to pray. In fact, it is forbidden for any religious group other than Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount.

It doesn’t matter that the Temple Mount is the site of the Jews’ First Temple destroyed by Nebuchadrezzar II of Babylonia in 587/586 BCE. It doesn’t matter that the Temple Mount is the site the Jews’ Second Temple destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE. It doesn’t matter that forbidding prayer is a blatant violation of freedom of religion and freedom of thought. It doesn’t matter than it is a highly anti-Jewish rule applied at the very centre of the Jewish state.

And it gets more bizarre yet. This highly discriminatory rule was agreed to by Israel, the Jewish state, and it is enforced by the Israeli Police. This agreement occurred between Israel and Jordan after the war of June 1967 during which Israel conquered East Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount.

This strange situation has evolved slightly in the past year. In July 2021, the........

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