Some of Israel's foes continue to commit violent acts against her people, while others continue to deny the Jewish people's historic ties to their holiest site. Yet, hundreds of Israelis defied these forms of hatred today to gather at the entrance to the Temple Mount in memory of Hallel Yaffa Ariel, the 13-year-old girl who was recently murdered in her sleep by a terrorist:
“The heart of our daughter was stabbed and killed, and this is the heart of the Jewish nation,” said Rina Ariel, mother of slain teen Hallel Yaffa Ariel, at a rally attended by hundreds of supporters near the entrance to the Temple Mount Tuesday morning.
“We have to empower it. We need help to strengthen it, and to strengthen the whole nation.”
Amid chants of “Am Yisrael chai!,” waving Israeli flags, and heated speeches from a veritable who’s who of Temple Mount activists, the supporters of Hallel – who was stabbed to death at her Kiryat Arba home by a Palestinian terrorist on June 30 – demanded equal rights for Jews on the Temple Mount.
“Look, it’s something that is sad, but it’s also something that gives us power to know that there is some destiny and something we can do – not only cry and sit flat on the floor – but to build something that’s adding something new to this whole environment in Israel,” added Ariel...