Dear Carta Jerusalem,
I recently heard that archaeologist Leen Ritmeyer had written a new, complete guide to the Temple Mount. I hadn’t seen it in stores, so I decided to contact you to ask if the book had been published, hoping I could order directly from you, the publisher.
Unfortunately, not only is the book not available, I received this extremely dissapointing response:
We at Carta appreciate your interest and are grateful for your intent to purchase Ritmeyer’s latest work once it is available. Publication of JERUSALEM THE TEMPLE MOUNT has been delayed, heeding . . . a time to keep silence, and a time to speak (Ecclesiastes 3:7).
Given the current regrettable spate of incidents in Jerusalem, Ritmeyer’s Interfaith Guide, which relates in great detail – and separately – to specific sites of interest to Jews and Christians, not only Muslims, deserves better timing, hopefully ahead of the festival season.
I must admit that I was not expecting this response, which I understand as Carta telling me that, now is the “time to keep silent” regarding the historical connections of non-Muslims to the Temple Mount.
As one who depends on your publications for research and educational presentations, I am personally hurt, offended and bewildered (as I’m sure are thousands of other Jews and Christians) at your apparent decision to suppress Ritmeyer’s work at a time when interest in the Temple Mount is at a level we haven’t seen in decades.