Thursday, July 28, 2011

So, Islam Is Superior in this Case


Police Block 'Circling of Gates'

Citing proximity to Ramadan, police nix the monthly parade around Temple Mount.

The Israel Police have told organizers of the monthly Circling of the Gates (which is an ancient custom, by the way)  that they will not allow them to hold the event this Monday. They cited the proximity of the date to the start of the Muslim month of Ramadan. The Circling of the Gates – a parade around the Temple Mount – has been taking place every Rosh Hodesh (first of the Jewish month) for the past decade. Police have always barred the ceremony when it fell close to the end of Ramadan, but this is the first time that it is also cancelled before Ramadan.

...MK Uri Ariel (National Union) is not happy about the police decision. "The work that the Israel Police do is sacred and I have no doubt that they are thinking about how best to protect the participants. However, Jewish freedom of religion is also a basic right, and it would have been better if the Israel Police had placed the rights of the participants higher on its list of priorities...I am trying to find an arrangement vis-א-vis the police that will make it possible to hold the event, but right now the police insist on cancelling it," he said.

The police responded to the story by saying that this year, the date of the Av Circling of the Gates coincides with the evening prayer by 30,000 Muslims in honor of the coming of the month of Ramadan. Because of these "exceptional" circumstances the police had to cancel the Circling "in order to prevent friction between the sides."

Nasty, that friction.


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