Don't Tread on Us!!

Michael Freund,

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Michael Freund
Michael Freund served as Deputy Communications Director in the Israeli Prime Minister's Office under Binyamin Netanyahu during his first term of office. He is the Founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel (, a Jerusalem-based organization that searches for and assists the Lost Tribes of Israel and other "hidden Jews" seeking to return to the Jewish people. In addition, Freund is a correspondent and syndicated columnist for the Jerusalem Post, and authors a popular blog on Middle East affairs, Fundamentally Freund. A native New Yorker, Freund is a graduate of Princeton University and holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia. He has lived in Israel for the past 19 years and remains a loyal New York Mets fan....

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.

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.