Jerusalem March for Yehuda Glick: 'We Own Israel'

Hundreds march from site of shooting to Temple Mount; 'in exile we cried over desolate Temple Mount - we have returned home.'

Hezki Baruch, Ari Yashar,

March for Yehuda Glick
March for Yehuda Glick
Hezki Ezra

Hundreds of nationalist activists held a march on Thursday night under the title "Our Jerusalem," leaving from in front of Begin Heritage Center where Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick was shot last Wednesday, all the way to the gates of the Temple Mount.

Near the Mughrabi Gate, the lone entrance to the Temple Mount allowed for non-Muslims, the march was to conclude with a prayer rally for the recovery of Glick and other recent terror attack victims. However, police prevented the entrance to the Western Wall compound, and so the marchers prayed just outside of it.

Former MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari, head of the Otzma Yehudit movement associated with his Otzma Leyisrael party that just missed out in the last elections, said at the event "we are asking for the most basic thing, the right of return."

"They say we are making a provocation," continued Ben-Ari. "Who is provoking? The thief who breaks into a house or the owner of the home who wants to go home? What did our grandfathers pray for? For pubs in Tel Aviv? For the promenade in Haifa? What did they sit and cry over? Over the desolate Temple Mount."

Organizers of the protest march said the attack this Wednesday in the capital, in which a Hamas terrorist murdered a Border Patrol officer and wounded ten others with his car, only strengthens the necessity for a clear statement saying the Temple Mount and Jerusalem belong to the Jewish nation.

At the Mount, which is the holiest site in Judaism, the Jordanian Waqf (Islamic trust) still holds de facto control and has banned Jewish prayer, a discriminatory status quo Glick has led the struggle against.

Ben-Ari added "I say here to all the world media - we are the owners of the home (Israel - ed.). You want to build a Palestinian state; build it in England, in France or in the Arizona desert. Not here in the land of our forefathers. We returned home to stay here forever."

"Don't disappoint Yehuda"

Jerusalem Councilman Arieh King, who was on the Otzma Leyisrael party list, also spoke at the event saying "it's difficult to be at an event for the Temple Mount without Yehuda Glick."

"When Yehuda wakes up he will ask how many Jews went to the Temple Mount, and we must not disappoint him. I call from here to fire (Interior Security) Minister (Yitzhak) Aharonovich who calls an intifada 'vandalism.'"

After the terror attack Wednesday Aharonovich spoke at the scene of the incident immediately after it occurred, saying it likely wasn't the last attack. Indeed, on Wednesday night three soldiers in Gush Etzion were wounded by an Arab terrorist driving his van.

Regarding prayer on the Temple Mount, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu promised Jordanian King Abdullah II on Thursday that he would keep the discriminatory status quo on the Mount and forbid Jewish prayer, after Jordan withdrew its ambassador.

Another organizer of the march, Ariel Groner, told AFP outside the Begin Center "we are proudly marching with heads held high to the direction of the Temple Mount. G-d willing, we'll get there."

Joining him was Yaakov Heyman, who said the march was to send a message that Jews are "exercising our rights on the Temple Mount," noting Israeli law promising religious freedom.

"Bullets won't stop our freedom," he said, as the crowd waved blue and gold flags emblazoned with a picture of the Temple. "The status quo isn't holy, the Temple Mount is."



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