The 9th of Av, Tisha b’Av, commemorates a list of catastrophes so severe that it is clearly a day set aside by G‑d for suffering, mainly the destruction of the first and second Holy Temples in Jerusalem. It was also an eventful weekend in Israel with new catastrophes added to the list.
Islamists used the Al Aqsa Mosque, instead of a house of prayer, as a base for attacks on Jews gathering to mourn the destruction of the Holy Temples, barricading themselves inside with stockpiles of rocks, wooden boards, fireworks and other projectiles. The Islamists planned to use their weapons to attack Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount – Judaism’s holiest site – as well as security forces, but police acting on a tip were able to stop them.
A Jewish woman was arrested Friday night for insults about the Muslim prophet Mohammed during an exchange with Arab women on the Temple Mount. The Arab women who were apparently part of the “Morabiton,” a group paid by Islamist groups to harass Jewish visitors to the site, were shouting “Allahu Akhbar” at the Jews who were on their way to the Mount and were seen attempting to get close to the group.
According to Israel National News, Avia Morris was captured on a video made by Arab activists saying “Mohammed is a pig.” Israel Police arrested the woman at her Binyamin home later that night after one of the Muslim women complained. Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir of rights group Honenu filed an urgent request from the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court Judge Tamar Bar Asher Zaban, who issued the detention order, to reconsider the decision.
“The Israeli police is used to being two-faced,” Ben-Gvir said to reporters at the Israeli National News. “At a time when hundreds of Arabs are shouting anti-Jewish incitement police arrest a mother and daughter just a few hours before Shabbat. We will demand that the court release her immediately.”
News reports say a police representative claimed at a hearing that Morris shouted “Muhammad is a pig” at a number of Arabs exiting from the Temple Mount, while Ben-Gvir argued that as can be seen in the video, that the answer was a response to Arab rioting.
Judge Bar-Asher Zaban released Morris and wrote that “during the hearing, video evidence was presented to me of what seems to be a full video of a group of young Muslims shouting ‘Allahu Akbar,’ and the remarks were in response to those cries.”
The Judge released Morris with the provision that the woman be prevented from visiting the Temple Mount area for a few days to allow the security situation to calm down.
In the city of Hevron more clashes broke out at The Cave – which is Judaism’s second-holiest site – when the Jewish prayer service was repeatedly disrupted when the muezzin, who is the Muslim man that issues the Islamic call to prayer, began broadcasting the call on loudspeakers despite the fact that it was not the proper time.
After repeated complaints by Jews to police at the holy site went unanswered, dozens of Jewish youths responded to the provocation by barricading the muezzin in his room, preventing him from leaving. At that point border police did arrive – for the purpose of dispersing the Jewish protesters. Several arrests were made during the ensuing clashes, and local Jews say police used tear gas against them.
According to published reports, veteran activist and Hevron resident Baruch Marzel, who was one of the leaders of the Jewish prayers, blamed the incident on “the heads of the security agencies in Hevron, who are trying all the time to appease the Arab enemy in the name of the ‘status quo,’ and to harm the Jews.”
Marzel also laid some of the blame for the incident on the decision to reopen several Arab stores facing the embattled Jewish community in the city, which had previously been closed because they were used as bases for Muslim terrorists to attack local Jews. He warned that the decision threatened “an explosion” of violence “after years of quiet.”
Tisha b’Av is a time of mourning and it is a shame and a disappointment that incidents such as these continue to disrupt peaceful worship. One day we hope and pray as a Jewish nation together that the third Temple will be built and we no longer have to mourn but rejoice.
Reprinted with permission TheConservativeUnderground.
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