If successful, a new petition will persuade the Israeli government to enforce the laws requiring equal rights for people of all faiths to pray on the Temple Mount.
Cry for Zion, a multi-faith NGO advocating equal rights for all religions on the Temple Mount released a petition calling for Jewish sovereignty at the site. On their website, the organization stated their motives for initiating the petition:
“The Temple Mount is the holiest place on earth to the Jewish people. As of 1967, the State of Israel holds full, legal rights to the Mount, but handed over administration to the Muslim religious Waqf. The Waqf now attempts to monopolize the site.”
“Today on the Temple Mount, non-Muslims are discriminated against and are not even allowed to move their lips in silent prayer. They are routinely harassed and abused — forbidden from bringing a Bible or prayer book, and even their access is severely restricted. At the Western Wall, which is under Jewish sovereignty, everyone can respectfully pray.”
It should be emphasized that Jews and Christians are prohibited from praying on the Temple Mount, carrying religious books, or displaying religious symbols. Also prohibited are symbols of the state of Israel. The statement continued:
“The Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that Jews must be allowed to pray there. Yet, the Police have a legal loophole to discriminate as they wish. Israel has an obligation to uphold international human rights on the Mount, including freedom of worship (UDHR). The decision now rests in the hands of the Government of Israel, the people of Israel, and your support!”
“We are the voice from the international community that supports the Jewish people’s rights to sovereignty over Mt Zion — the Temple Mount. We appeal to the ruling bodies of Israel to exercise their full, legal sovereignty, guaranteeing Jewish rights on their most holy place.”
The petition declares the following:
“We, the undersigned, hereby declare that:
- The Temple Mount is the holiest place on earth for the Jewish people. It was here that King Solomon built the First Holy Temple 3,000 years ago. Here, the Jewish Temples stood for centuries, before the Al Aqsa mosque
became the third holiest site for Muslims, after Mecca and Medina.
- The State of Israel has an obligation to uphold Jewish sovereignty and international human rights on the Temple Mount, which include freedom of worship. At present, non-Muslims are discriminated against and are not even allowed to move their lips in silent prayer, contrary to numerous Supreme Court rulings. At the Western Wall, which is under Jewish sovereignty, people from all over the world are welcome to respectfully pray.
- More than 1,000 experts from thirty countries around the world have acknowledged that East Jerusalem is not an occupied territory under international law and the State of Israel has officially declared its sovereignty over all of Jerusalem.
- Jewish sovereignty over the Temple Mount is in the best interest of the human, civil, and religious rights of all people groups in Israel, including the Arab minorities. We, therefore, appeal to the ruling bodies of Israel to exercise their full, legal sovereignty, guaranteeing Jewish rights on their most holy place.
We, therefore, appeal to the ruling bodies of Israel to exercise their full, legal sovereignty, guaranteeing Jewish rights on their most holy place.”
“For on My holy mountain, on the lofty mount of Israel—declares the Lord God—there all the house of Israel, all of them, shall serve Me in the land.” Ezekiel 20:40