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      by Michael Freund
      An alternative approach to Israeli political commentary.
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      Michael Freund is Founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel (www.shavei.org), which reaches out and assists "lost Jews" seeking to return to the Jewish people. He writes a syndicated column and feature stories for the Jerusalem Post. Previously, he served as Deputy Director of Communications & Policy Planning in the Israeli Prime Minister´s Office under former premier Benjamin Netanyahu. A native of New York, he holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He has lived in Israel for the past decade.
      Adar Bet 20, 5765, 3/31/2005

      Don't Tread on Us!!


      Few affronts to our national pride are as upsetting and as shameful as the situation on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

      The holiest site to the Jewish people is effectively run by the Muslim Wakf, which does as it pleases, never missing an opportunity to thumb its nose at Israel’s sovereignty over the area.

      Headed by a Palestinian-appointed Mufti, the Wakf has systematically destroyed priceless antiquities dating back to the Temple era with the aim of erasing any evidence of the Jewish presence that once flourished there. They impose severe restrictions on Jews wishing to visit the Mount, and also refuse to allow Jews to exercise their right to freedom of worship there.

      Temple_mount_wall Now, adding insult to injury, Yediot Aharonot reports that Muslim construction workers have carved a half-meter tall inscription of the word “Allah” in Arabic on the Temple Mount’s Eastern Wall (see the photo to the left).

      As archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar, a spokesman for the Committee to Prevent the Destruction of Antiquities on the Temple Mount, told the paper: “This breaks the Antiquities Law; these people are supposed to renovate and fix the wall, not commemorate names (on it), and certainly not names that are irrelevant.”

      But don’t expect Israel’s Government or police to do much, if anything, about this. Driven by fear, Israeli officials have essentially stood by and watched as the Wakf has repeatedly trampled on our national dignity and desecrated the place where Solomon’s Temple once stood.

      In light of such apathy towards our holiest of places –it should come as no surprise that our Government now wishes to turn over territory to our foes and throw innocent people out of their homes.

      After all, those who do not care about our sacred roots in this soil will hardly see anything wrong with uprooting that which has been planted.

      So, as long as this country allows its honor to be sullied in the heart of Jerusalem, with nary a peep of protest, our national humiliation is almost certain to continue to worsen.