SWC Reaction to Riots in Jerusalem After Temple Mount Killings

July 20, 2017

Against the backdrop of riots by Palestinians demanding removal of newly-installed metal detectors on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, necessitated by the murder of two Israeli Police by Arab terrorists, Simon Wiesenthal Center officials released the following statement:

“Let’s be clear. The change in the status in Jerusalem’s Temple Mount was not broken by the installation of metal detectors but rather by deadly machine gun fire from religious Jihadist fanatics."

Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, Dean and Founder and Associate Dean and Global Social Action Director continued, "Today, no president or pope can go anywhere without security. Pilgrims to religious sites deserve no less. Indeed, every visitor to Jerusalem’s Western Wall, to Mecca, to the Vatican — all have to put up with the inconvenience of metal detectors and other security measures.

"It is tragic, but true, that the greatest threats to holy sites have always emanated from religious fanatics.

"Given that reality, failure to apply basic security measures on the Temple Mount would not only be a blatant violation of the Judaic fundamental principle of protecting innocent lives (Pikuach Nefesh) but would ensure more violence that could ignite a war — which is the ultimate goal of Hamas and other apostles of hate and terrorism, the Rabbis concluded.

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