So, Who Are The Privileged MKs?

TOI’s liveblog report on the possibility of an end to the ban on entrance by MKs to the courtyards of the Temple Mount lacks an element, an important one.

According to other sources (here),

Police Jerusalem District head Asst.-Ch. Yoram Hale…said that in light of the relative calm in Jerusalem, the police is considering a plan whereby Arab MKs will be allowed to ascend the Temple Mount the last week of Ramadan, and after the Muslim holy month, all lawmakers would be allowed to visit the site. However, Halevy said that at the moment, the police recommendation has not changed.

Another source informs,

[Police Commissioner Ronni] Alsheich said that based on a revised situation assessment, the Muslim MKs could be allowed to make such visits within a week for Ramadan prayer

In fact, the regular TOI news report does include the relevant information:-

Police have proposed that Muslim lawmakers should be allowed to renew their visits to the site in the last week of Ramadan — corresponding with the first week of July — with Jewish lawmakers being allowed to renew their visits the following week.

Besides being confusing, the important essence which all reports simply glossed over is that Jewish MKs, even if they do not pray, it appears, are second-class for Arab (i.e., Muslim) MKs who seem to have a privileged status.

I would suggest that especially if we are discussing the rights of lawmakers, that an equal policy be in place.

Either all can enter the compound or none.

To be able to enter because one is of a certain religion, a religion  that is not Judaism, and a Jew is prohibited, even if he does not pray, is not what the Jewish state should be promoting.


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.
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