Here is a video taken a few months ago of Arab kids playing soccer on the Temple Mount:
More photos of the same phenomenon taken over the past few years:
This is why we should cry on Tisha B'Av.
The most sacred place on Earth is being defiled and desecrated, daily, by people whose entire reason for being there is in order to deny its rightful owners from asserting their claim.
If the Temple had been built elsewhere, the Al Aqsa Mosque would have still been built on top of it. And everyone knows it.
Muslims wouldn't dare play ball in the Kaaba in Mecca. But in this supposed "third holiest place" it is not even considered rude.
It would be preferable to leave it as unused ruins than to allow these people to defile the holy place every day.
Yes, it is wonderful that Israel was reborn and that Jews can live freely and proudly in Jerusalem again. But the disgrace of the Temple Mount shows that the redemption is not here.
And for that we need to keep crying.
Other Tisha B'Av postings:
I will not be posting again until at least Tuesday afternoon. I wish my readers an easy fast and through our prayers may there be a true, complete redemption.