Mourners ascending the Temple Mount

As Jewish pilgrims increasingly visit the volatile site, tensions are rising ahead of Tisha Be’av – and expectations for change are growing.

August 11, 2016 16:32
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MK Yehudah Glick

MK Yehudah Glick at the Temple Mount. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

Somewhere in the second half of the 1990s, what was long known by thousands of religious and traditionalists Jews became a revelation for the rest of the country, when a live IBA broadcast from the Western Wall plaza showed the incredible number of people of all ages and affiliations who came to mourn the destruction of the Temple on the eve of Tisha Be’av.

The reporters and police estimated the crowd to be at least 50,000. It was the first time the phenomenon was highlighted by the media.


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