Gov’t Trying to Ban Jews from David’s Tomb

While thousands of Jews visited the Tomb of King David on Mt. Zion over the Sukkot holiday, many of them had no place to sit while saying Psalms (tehillim), the prayers written by King David himself. That’s because, according to Rabbi Yaakov Silviya, an activist who is involved in the struggle over the fate of the site, the seats and tables that have been there in the past to accommodate Jewish worshippers were removed – as part of what he believes is a plan to discourage Jews from praying there.


Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Silviya described the mixed feelings of those who arrived to pray at the site.


The holiday was “one of joy and sadness – joy over the many people who came to visit, but sadness over what we feel is the attempt to keep us away from here. Meanwhile, hundreds of Christian tour buses come here daily, and you can see how they are treated so much better than Jewish visitors are.


The discrimination, he said, just confirms suspicions among many Jews that the Israeli government has secretly entered into a deal with the Vatican to relinquish Israeli control of the site to Catholic groups. King David’s Tomb is located just outside the walls of the Old City in the Mount Zion area.


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