Several Jewish people could be seen praying on the Temple Mount over the weekend; In addition to prayer, it’s reported that even Torah teachings have taken place; Cherki: The change in policy is “a revolution, unfolding quietly and gradually under the radar.”
On what is the eve of Tisha B’Av, one of the saddest days on the Jewish calendar, The Times of Israel released a report revealing that a number of Jews have been able to pray and partake in teachings on the Temple Mount in recent months. Tisha B’Av (the ninth of Av) commemorates some of the most tragic events in Jewish history that took place on this specific day on the Hebrew calendar. Namely, the destruction of both temples.
Since the Six Day War of 1967, when Israel had captured the Old City, what is being reported has not been a reality.
Amid this alleged shift in policy on the Temple Mount, police are no longer strictly monitoring Jewish religious activity, according to Yair Cherki. As reported by Cherki, groups have been praying on the Temple Mount now for some time, being strategic in order to avoid unwanted attention from police or the Muslim community.
Cherki, who reports for Channel 12’s religious sector, called the shift “a revolution, unfolding quietly and gradually under the radar.”
In addition to frequent prayer, Jewish groups have conducted teachings from the Torah as well. It remains unknown as to who gave approval for more leniency regarding this activity, but in the past, people could be removed immediately under the suspicion of prayer or Bible-related activity.