New Temple Mount 'status quo': No feeding babies

Prayer, closing eyes, singing, standing still, drinking or eating already forbidden to Jews. Now, a new addition to the list.

Ari Soffer,

Jewish woman prays on Mount of Olives, overlooking Temple Mont
Jewish woman prays on Mount of Olives, overlooking Temple Mont
Nati Shohat/Flash 90

Jewish visitors to the Jerusalem's Temple Mount - the holiest site in Judaism - have long been subject to a list of restrictions demanded by Muslim authorities.

Non-Muslim prayer and any other forms of "un-Islamic" worship have for years been strictly forbidden as part of the so-called "status quo" that the Jordanian Waqf and international community are insistent must be maintained, as is bringing any non-Muslim religious items. Anyone so much as suspected of having uttered a prayer can be expected to be booted off the holy site by police at the behest of Waqf guards, who lurk around visibly Jewish visitors to catch them praying.

Over time, however, that list of acts forbidden specifically to Jews has grown incrementally, to include such sacrilege as bowing, standing still in contemplation, closing ones eyes, singing, eating and even drinking water.

Now, it seems, authorities have added another forbidden act to the list: nursing babies.

Footage of police ejecting a Jewish mother who had stopped to feed her crying child was posted online by the Temple Institute, which raises awareness about the Temple Mount.

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In it, the woman can be seen looking visibly shocked and upset, arguing with police and at one point asking them "don't you have a heart?"

The Temple Institute posted a statement along with the video attacking proponents of the "status quo" for infringing on Jewish rights.

"Shame on all you feckless politicians and self-important pundits, judges, rabbis, human rights activists and feminists, etc., who endorse and support the racist policy of 'status quo' on the Temple Mount! Are your rights to express your thoughts and opinions more sacred than the right of a Jew to pray on the Temple Mount? Or of a mother to nurse her hungry baby?