The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) is questioning the objectivity of a statement issued on Thursday by the United Nations Security Council in relation to a recent spate of violence perpetrated by Palestinian Arabs on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. In expressing its concern and urging restraint, the UN stated that Muslims “must be allowed to worship in peace, free from violence, threats and provocation.” The UN’s statement also noted that visitors to the holy site “should be without fear of violence or intimidation.”
The violence ensued after Israeli police recently discovered pipe bombs and other weapons on the Temple Mount, which appeared to be tied to a planned uprising. The situation was exacerbated when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas incited the Palestinian Arabs by asserting that Jews “do not have the right to pollute them (i.e. the Muslim and Christian holy sites, which Abbas astonishingly claims Moslem sovereignty over both Jewish and Christian holy sites) with their dirty feet” and by declaring “we will do everything possible to protect Jerusalem.”
The following is a statement by NCYI President Farley Weiss:
“It is unconscionable that the UN Security Council’s statement about recent events on the Temple Mount makes no reference whatsoever to the incitement of the Palestinian Authority and fails to distinguish between those perpetrating the violence and Israel’s efforts to end the violence. The UN’s partial statement obfuscates morality and perpetuates further mayhem at perhaps the most holy site in Israel’s capital city.
The National Council of Young Israel supports Israel’s valiant efforts to curb the violence at the Temple Mount and recognizes Israel’s rights to take the necessary steps to end the ongoing harassment by Palestinian Muslim Arabs of Christians and Jews on the Temple Mount. The premeditated attacks, including one in August which targeted Rep. Trent Franks, co-chairman of the Israel Allies Foundation’s congressional caucus, and a delegation of U.S. Congressmen, have got to stop and Israel must be allowed to curtail the violence without enduring unwarranted criticism from the international community.
We are genuinely concerned about the attacks on Israel’s sovereignty over the Temple Mount. Control of the Temple Mount, which is the holiest site in Judaism, was regained by Israel in 1967 after being attacked by Jordan. As Palestinian Arabs attempt to wreak havoc at this religious site, Israel has the responsibility to exercise enhanced security measures on the Temple Mount in order to protect everyone under its sovereignty, including worshipers at the Western Wall, and we wholeheartedly support its right to do so. Israel cannot have secure borders without a united Jerusalem, its capital. With the holy sites in its capital city under attack, we urge the United Nations and the United States to support Israel’s ongoing efforts to safeguard the people who wish to pray at these holy and historic sites and to acknowledge that those responsible for carrying out the violence must be held duly responsible for their heinous actions.”