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      From the Hills of Efraim
      by Yisrael Medad
      This blog will be informative, highlight foibles, will be assertively contentious and funny and wryly satirical.
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      Yisrael Medad is a revenant resident of Shiloh, in the Hills of Efrayim north of Jerusalem.  He arrived in Israel with his wife, Batya, in 1970 and lived in the renewing Jewish Quarter, eventually moving to Shiloh in 1981. 

      Currently the Menachem Begin Center's Information Resource Director, he has previously been director of Israel's Media Watch, a Knesset aide to three Members of Knesset and a lecturer in Zionist History.  He assists the Yesha Council in it's contacts with the Foreign Media in a volunteer capacity, is active on behalf of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount and is involved in various Jewish and Zionist activist causes.  He contributes a Hebrew-language media column to Besheva and publishes op-eds in the Jerusalem Post and other periodicals.

      He also blogs at MyRightWord in English and, in Hebrew, at The Right Word.

      Elul 23, 5768, 9/23/2008

      I Think There's Something Important Missing


      Ir David, the project to rejuvenate the City of David, is doing tremendous work.  Repopulation, construction, archeology, conferences and tourism.

      Here's their latest advertisement, promoting a Selichot walk:

      Something caught my attention in the above ad. The map.  Let me enlarge it:

      You can see marked off the Kotel Ma'aravi.  And Mount of Olives.  And the City of David.

      And the Temple Mount?

      The Selichot event takes places in the national park adjacent to Ir David, according to the advert.  So one can't say that you visit all three places.  And even I am mistaken, and if the tour does go to all three locations, even if they believe Jews shouldn't ascend the Mount, therefore it isn't represented on the map, neverhteless, it could be labeled.

      The map, after all, is entitled "Ancient Jerusalem".  The Temple Mount surely belongs in that category.  Even if to identify it so that people shouldn't mistake the area for a soccer pitch - and the Muslims do play football up there - they could, and should, have notated it.

      The Temple Mount is important.  Very much so.  Within that triangle is a crucial piece of real estate, and it the reason we are here in Zion, in Eretz-Yisrael.  It is our past and our future.

      It shouldn't be missing.