A new initiative going under the name "Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount" is encouraging Jews to visit Judaism's holiest site in far greater numbers.
The program, as reported by Israel National News will offer low-cost tours to the Temple Mount, including transportation, for Jews from around the country.
Participants will undergo a traditional Jewish cleansing ceremony (mikveh) before ascending the Temple Mount and then visiting the nearby Temple Institute.
The goal of the campaign is two-fold:
- To increase the daily Jewish presence at the Temple Mount so that Jews become part of the natural scenery; and
- To put more pressure on the government to finally enforce full freedom of religion on the Temple Mount.
Despite being the holiest site on earth to Jews and many Christians, both groups are forbidden to pray or even carry a Bible atop the Temple Mount for fear of an outburst of violence from the Muslims who control the compound.
Jews are regularly arrested for uttering even silent prayers while visiting the site.