In a letter to Head Police Commander of the Yerushalayim district Yuram Halevi, eight Old City rabbonim asked him not to allow Arab to pass through the Old City’s Jewish Quarter to reach Har Habayis during the upcoming Ramadan month. The signatories included Rav Shalom Cohen, head of the Shas Moetzes and the Old City’s Porat Yosef Yeshiva, and Chief Rabbi of the Old City Rav Avigdor Nebenzahl.
Last year, they pointed out, thousands of Muslims passed through the quarter in large groups yelling their war cry, “All-hu akbar,” and, “Atbach al Yahud (slaughter the Jews),” spitting at and shoving any Jews who crossed their path.
The rabbonim emphasized that they wished to prevent terror like the murder of Rav Reuven Biermacher of Yeshivas Aish Hatorah in December and two recent stabbings. They recommended keeping the Muslims from the Jewish Quarter at the conclusion of their five daily prayers, setting up a 24-hour police post in the quarter, and increasing police presence in certain streets.
A local Jew told Chadrei Chareidim that police received hundreds of complaints in the past and did almost nothing. He also claimed that many people warned of possible assaults prior to the stabbing of Rav Yisroel Lubin on May 2.
At the same time, two left-wing NGOs, Tag Meir and Ir Amim, appealed to the Yerushalayim police to stop an annual right-wing March of Flags from passing through the Old City’s Muslim Quarter on Yerushalayim Day, the anniversary of the capture of the Old City during the Six Day War, which falls on the first day of Ramadan this year.
Last year, the Supreme Court rejected the two groups’ appeal to keep the march out of the Muslim Quarter.
David Steger – Matzav.com Israel