Yisrael Medad
Analyst and commentator on political and cultural issues.

And now fingerpointing and Apartheid

I recently noted the privilege of an Arab MK.


That’s Ahmed Tibi on at the left on the Temple Mount recently.  Jewish MKs who desire to alter the status quo at the holy site are prohibited from ascending.  Tibi, who also wishes to change the status quo — that no observant Jew who would exhibit any manner of religious respect should be allowed in — has a free pass.

Now, there are two additional developments.

The first is the heightened Waqf interference as here:


The Waqf guard fingers a Jew suspected of praying or perhaps reciting Psalms, quietly, individually (which the High Court for Justice permits), causing a policeman to follow up and point his finger too.  A few days ago, the act of closing one’s eyes was a reason for the police to remove a Rosh Yeshiva from the compound.

I can’t stand when a Jew is singled out in such a demeaning manner.

Worse, in addition to the blatant segregation at the entrance whereby the police form two different lines, one for externally recognizable Jews, there is actually an apartheid practiced on the Temple Mount whereby drinking from water fountains there is denied to Jews (Hebrew). Grape juice has already been on the list of non-imbibles. Detailed here, on Sunday, a policeman instructed a Jewish visitor, Elisha Sandman

…that he may not drink water.  “Naturally, it is a hot day today, I went to get a drink,” the man, Elishama Sandman, told Ynet. “When I came close to the faucets, the policeman stopped me and told me that I do not have permission to drink.” Sandman asked him if this was a new instruction and the policeman answered in the affirmative.

One can only hope that the appointment of a Temple Mount activist as the new Minister for Jerusalem Affairs – he has visited several times –  will bring about a change, a much-needed change, one that is commensurate with the law.


About the Author
Yisrael Medad, currently is a Research Fellow at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem and Deputy Editor of the English Language Anthology of Jabotinsky's Writings. American-born, he and his wife made Aliyah in 1970. He resides in Shiloh since 1981. He was a member of the Betar Youth Movement World Executive and is a volunteer spokesperson for the Yesha Council. He holds a MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University and is active is many Zionist and Jewish projects and initiatives.