I know it is not a new subject and has lots of good Jews rather upset, but the situation in the heart of our nation smacked me in the face again today.
I guidied a mom and her twelve year old son in the Old City, making the connection betwen our land and us.I suggested that we take a peek at the Ttemple Mount from outside the "Cotton Gate"
And so we approached the steps leading up to the gate and a peek onto the holy mount. As I suspected , the police stationed there did their job just as I have seen before.
It was clear to them that the three people approaching were Jews, worse the religious kind..For the Isaeli police , we were a looming and very red flag. We might provoke the peace by our mere presence too close to our holy mount. The Temple Mount is a rallying cry for Muslism in their challange to Jewish legitimacy any where in the land of Israel.
Police the world over, seek one thing quiet and calm( and an early and full pension). It should be achieved by enforcing the law and not ignoriing it. No need to rehash the leagal arguments and court decisions ackowledging the rights of Jewish worship on the mount.
The police are permitted to use discretion when allowing (all Muslims, any time , any gate) and non Muslims (religious Jews) to enter.
Today, this twisted eality hit my tourists in the face full force. She could not believe that in Israel's Jewish democracy, principals of equality and Jewish rights and pride seem to vanish in the wind.
The police man moved to block our way very quickly. Poor guy, he seemed lke he was burdened with preventing the next Muslim riot or perhaps it is his superiors who are following an established albeit not officially acknowledged policy. Juden Raus! Jews get out of the way and keep the Jew haters happy and quiet - on our holiest place on earth.
Absurd , we all agree. However it was the simple adament "why" that my tourist kept asking of the cop that threw him off and reminded me of how far we have yet to go in this period of redemption. The cop saw that she was not budging and so he turned to me in Hebrew and said , you are the guide, explioan it to her"
I told him I would first have to understand it myself. At this point our young defender of national humiiation was trying to avoid all eye contact with the three fellow Jews who perhaps reminding him how low he has fallen What one choosed to do to "make a living".Humiliating his peopl and serving the interest of our enemy means a pay check. I wondered if they just get used to the job of supporting Does he enjoy getting out of bed f or another day of humiliating his own people. I always wonder about waht t hat does to a Jewish soul.
It is ironic that most likely,his parents or granparents fled to Israel from Arab persecution to live as free and proud Jews in our homeland. And what does the Sabra son of these true and proud Jews do? What has the Jewish government done to these Jewish souls? To our collective Jewish soul?
I was reminded today.