Knesset committee hearing Monday discusses security issues at historic site; no police until Defense Min. confirms danger.
Tova DvorinA Knesset committee hearing regarding internal security issues at the Mount of Olives revealed that the roads to the historic site present a mortal danger to travelers and pilgrims. The Mount of Olives holds one of Judaism’s oldest cemeteries, and is the burial site of several prominent religious leaders.
The discussion, which was mediated by Likud MK Miri Regev, opened with a statement from MK Avraham Michaeli (Shas) that he is “afraid to go to the Mount of Olives” and that “when you go there, you find yourself in mortal dangerNumerous rock-throwing attacks were launched against Jews visiting the Mount of Olives this September, who were praying at the historic site just before the Rosh Hashanah holiday. One New York family was attacked by rioting Arabs and eventually required hospitalization.
Michaeli also addressed the urgency of passing a law which would establish Jewish authority over the Mount, which was introduced in the previous Knesset but has not been pushed forward since. The law had originally been pushed by former MK Professor Aryeh Elded.
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