‘Their aim is to limit Jews wishing to visit through violence and intimidation and I will do everything I can to stop these dangerous organizations,’ says Erdan.
Gilad Erdan wrote a potentially groundbreaking letter on Monday urging Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon to outlaw two groups of Muslim radicals who go to the Temple Mount on a daily basis to harass and intimidate Jewish visitors.
The groups in question, called “Morabiton” and “Morabitat,” are respectively comprised of hundreds of male and female Islamic fundamentalists who are compensated by the Islamic Movement to harangue Jews who enter the contested compound.
“These organizations keep track of Jewish visits to the Temple Mount, and shout at, incite and block the visitors to the mountain,” Erdan wrote in the letter, which included support from the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and police.
“Their aim is to limit Jews wishing to visit the Temple Mount through violence and intimidation, and I will do everything I can to stop the activities of these dangerous organizations that violate the balance on the Temple Mount.”
In recent weeks, Erdan has worked with officials from the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), police, State Attorney’s Office and Attorney General, all of whom he said support his initiative.
Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick, who was nearly killed in an assassination attempt last year for demanding Jewish prayer rights on the contested compound, said he was delighted by the news.
“We’ve been waiting for this,” he said by phone on Monday afternoon. “The groups he is urging to be outlawed refer to themselves as ‘protectors of al-Aqsa Mosque’ and they harass Jews every day and cause violence.”
Glick said he met with Erdan on multiple occasions over the last several months to discuss the politically fraught issue.
“Erdan promised me that he would study the issue when he took over and take care of it immediately, and we’re happy he did,” said Glick. “We’re happy he proved that he is a serious person. Now, we hope we’ll see the effects of this on the Temple Mount.”
While Glick conceded that the internal security minister’s letter is only a recommendation, he said he has been assured that action will be taken swiftly by the government’s leading officials.
“It’s a recommendation, but I spoke last week with Prime Minister Netanyahu about this and he told me he supports it, and I know that the Shin Bet, Ayelet Shaked and Shin Bet are supporting this recommendation as well,” he said.