Are you in Yeshiva-High School? Have courage & read on!

Yosef Rabin,

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Yosef Rabin
Yosef Rabin lives and works in Jerusalem and writes on a wide range of issues affecting Israel and the Jewish world. Yosef can be contacted at
Religious Jews Singled Out for special "security" checks at Temple Mount Gate

I would like to make a direct appeal to Yeshiva-High School students throughout North America. I am writing to you because my appeals for the last 10 years to the leadership (rabbinic and lay) have fallen on deaf ears. We have seen few declarations and reports from important organizations, but these declarations have resulted in no action. 


The Temple Mount Movement in Israel has made significant progress in Israel over the last 10 years, but despite the great spirit and self-sacrifice of numerous Har HaBayit activists, we are still very far from realizing the great dream of restoring Torah life to the holiest place on earth.

I would like to first mention 4 major accomplishments:

  • Har HaBayit Ascent: In 2004 perhaps 150 religious Jews ascended to Har HaBayit yearly, with great effort and shoestring budgets at the best of times, these numbers have swelled to over 10,000 Jews yearly. Additionally, thousands come each month to encircle the gates of Har Habayit every Rosh Chodesh to declare solidarity with the besieged Holies of Holies. 
  • Knesset Activity: The last several years has seen much activity in the Knesset on behalf of Jewish-Religious rights on Har HaBayit. Last year, for the first time since the liberation of Har HaBayit in 1967a full debate was held on the floor of the Knesset in regard to Jewish rights on the Mount. High Ranking police officers have also been investigated and interrogated by the Internal Affairs Committee of the Knesset in regard to their illegal conduct against Jews on Har HaBayit.
  • Court Rulings:  The last several years have seen new court rulings that have re-affirmed the right for Jews to pray and worship on Har HaBayit, albeit the government continues to ignore such rulings.
  • Prime Minister’s Guilt: Through our efforts the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu has finally admitted what we all secretly knew: He alone decides all policy regarding Har HaBayit. So when Jews are arrested or humiliated, we now know who is behind it.

Our Failures:

Despite all the above accomplishments, we have seen no change in policy.

  • Limited Hours: Jews have restricted entry into Har HaBayit, only 3-4 hours a day, Sunday – Thursday. The Har is closed to Jews on Friday, Shabbat and all Muslim Holidays even if the Muslim holiday should coincide with a Jewish one. The restricted hours, 7:30-10am and 12:30-1:30pm make it very hard for Jews to come, as these are working/school hours.
  • Humiliation at the Gate: Jews are humiliated and discriminated against at the gates of Har HaBayit as well.  Religious Jews must enter a special line and go through “special” security checks, which involve full invasive body checks to ensure no religious object or tefilah is found in their possession. At the same time non-Jewish tourist are allowed free and unrestricted entry.
  • Restricted Movement: Once Jews get through security, their movement is restricted. Jews may only walk in groups and usually two Israeli police officers along with two members of the Muslim Religious Authority carefully watch the Jews to make sure they do not pray. The police can end the Jewish visit at any time for any reason they see fit, at times the Israeli police even take direct anti-Jewish orders from the Muslim religious authority. 
  • Arrests: Jews are still banned from praying or worshiping on the Har and police routinely arrest Jews for Tefilah or fulfillment of Mitzvot like bowing down, shaking a Lulav and Etrog or putting on Teffilin. Additionally, Jews who violate these restrictions are often banned from returning to Har HaBayit for even up to a year.

Persecution of Jews at Har HaBayit Gate.

With your help, I would like to organize Har HaBayit support groups in Yeshiva-High Schools across North America. These support groups would take on projects, such as fundraisers, letter writing campaigns and even rallies to actively support the restoration of Jewish rights on Har HaBayit. A little courage, strength and faith goes a long way – ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE?

If you would like to organize a parlor meeting for students in your school, please contact me at – I would be happy to speak to interested students via a live internet meeting from Israel. Please indicate which school you are attending and how many other students might initially participate.

Looking forward to hearing your feedback.

Yosef Rabin