As has been reported, Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that after the post-Ramadan Muslim festival of Id el-Fitr which concludes this Friday, normal visiting hours will be reinstated. That is, pending ongoing security assessments.
Rosenfeld also announced that police are working closely with the Wakf Muslim Religious Trust, which oversees the site, to help ensure peace when regular visitation resumes.
I fear that a certain element of obtuseness pervades official police thinking on this matter.
If any association is responsible for Muslim anti-non-Muslims’ violence, it is the Waqf. Waqf employees are themselves directly involved in attacks on Jews.
If there is any person or persons who instigate and initiate such violence it is the Waqf, among others such a Sheikh Raad Salah.
Who permits rioters to enter the compound and stay overnight in Al-Aqsa if not the Waqf, and I will not embarrass Rosenfeld by asking why the police are so impotent on this matter?
Which body other than the Waqf seeks to eradicate Jewish history and archaeological artifacts on the Temple Mount?
Which body seeks to alter the status quo being creating customs and events that never existed until a few years ago, including closing down the Temple Mount for over a week at the end of Ramadan?
Which group successfully blocked the installation of the surveillance cameras agreed to by Kerry, Netanyahui and King Abdallah if not the Waqf?
Who but Waqf employees get Jews kicked off the Mount on false pretenses?
When, finally, the real instigators – the Murabitat and Murabitun – became a proscribed group by Defese Minister Ya’alon (and why him and not the Interior Minister? is the Temple Mount under martial law or military governorship?) who if not the Waqf Director intervened:
Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, head of the Islamic Waqf which runs Al-Aqsa, slammed the decision as “totally unacceptable”. “The occupation regime has no right to intervene in Al-Aqsa’s matters,” he said in a statement. “Any Muslim who enters Al-Aqsa mosque and prays is a protector of the mosque. Nobody has a right to prevent a Muslim from entering their holy site and praying.”
I could go on and on.
If the police want calm and quiet and a secure Temple Mount, the Waqf must be treated in a different alternative fashion.