Temple activists were euphoric Monday after a precedent-setting ruling by Magistrates’ Court Judge Malka Aviv in the case of Yehuda Glick vs. the Israeli Police, a day earlier. The judge ruled that the police “must make sure that Jews are able to pray on the Temple Mount” – in a ruling replete with harsh criticism of the police’s policies on the Temple Mount.
Activists were quoted on a Temple activists blog as saying: “This day will be remembered for generations in the annals of the struggle for the return of Jews to the Temple Mount.”
The police are legally bound “to ensure that Jews are able to pray on the Temple Mount, and not to act sweepingly to prevent Jews from praying on the Temple Mount,” the judge determined.
I am not religious, and not Jewish (my father was), but I can’t do justice in writing to how moved I am by this ruling. My inspirational texts are the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Federalist (and Anti-Federalist) Papers. Forbidding Jews from even a hint of prayer at their holiest site has always struck me as monstrous. That this was policy, enforced by the Jewish State itself, for decades, offended me as much as any other civil rights violation in the world (with a few choice exceptions by the Chinese, Arab, and certain African governments).
And it is swept away in just a few words: The police are legally bound “to ensure that Jews are able to pray on the Temple Mount, and not to act sweepingly to prevent Jews from praying on the Temple Mount.”
It’s a far cry from the court’s decree to facts and feet on holy ground—but to use the language of our ObamaCare-boosting friends, it’s the law of the land. Half a century after America’s civil rights laws, Israel now has hers. Maazel tov.