MembersTaking Back Jerusalem for God’s Sake

A growing number of Bible-believing Jews insist Israel stop making decisions regarding Jerusalem based on fear of the international community

By David Lazarus | | Topics: Jerusalem
A Jewish house stands in the middle of the now-Arab neighborhood of Silwan, just outside the walls of Jerusalem's Old City. Photo: Olivier Fitoussi/ Flash90

“God is not going to come down from heaven with all the mosques and churches around the Temple Mount and the Old City of Jerusalem,” insisted Daniel Luria, Executive Director of Ateret Cohanim (Crown of the Priests), an organization dedicated to reclaiming all of Jerusalem for the Jewish people. 

One of Luria’s goals is to “surround God’s House with God’s people.” Ateret Cohanim, also known as the “Crown of Jerusalem,” is an Israeli Jewish organization that works to create a Jewish majority in the Old City, particularly in the Muslim Quarter, as well as Arab neighborhoods in East Jerusalem by buying properties from willing Arab homeowners. 

The group runs a yeshiva located in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City to serve the growing Jewish population that has purchased homes in the area. About 1,000 Jews now live in the Muslim Quarter. “Jews are the true owners of this land...

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