Turn back the clock to 1999 for Kever Yosef too!

Ben Packer,

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Ben Packer
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF's Givati Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Ben served as a Rabbi on campus at Univ. of North Carolina and at Duke Univ. Ben now serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House (www.heritagehouse.org.il) and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives (www.youngjewishconservatives.org). He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....

Its that time of year again: time for the "religion of peace" to teach us all how to really celebrate. And by celebrate, they commit tons of acts of unprovoked violence and mayhem. No one can claim shock at what's going on - its a yearly occurrence. 

However, this year there is a twist. This year the newly-formed Israeli Government has decided to allow many Arabs living in Area A and other parts of Judea and Samaria to come to Jerusalem as well. This was the practice before the "Second Intifada" and was stopped because of the many terrorist incidents - similar to the one yesterday when the border policeman (may he have a refuah sheleimah!) was stabbed by exactly such an individual. 

It seems that for the sake of religious sensitivity the Israeli Government wants to turn back the clock to 1999, regardless of the reality on the ground. If that's the case, back in 1999 Jews were able to regulary access Kever Yosef (Joseph's Tomb)! Can the clock not be turned back for Jews? Can the historic mistake of abandoning the tomb not be corrected? 

The Israeli Governmet has decided to place religious privileges over that of legitimate security concerns - but only for Arabs. That is a disgrace!

NOW is the time to return to Kever Yosef. The army can do it, the people deserve it, basic fairness demands it! Religious freedom in Israel is supposed to apply to Jews as well! 

I'd wish everyone a peaceful Ramadan, but there's really no chance of that happening. 

Hope to see everyone at Kever Yosef soon!

Ben Packer

Old City, Jerusalem