More than 48 years ago, during the Six Day War, the State of Israel freed Jerusalem. For the first time in 2,000 years the Jewish people regained legal sovereignty over the Temple Mount, the holiest site for the people of Israel for nearly 4,000 years.
Unfortunately, and contrary to expectations, not one Israeli government since 1967 has agreed to apply de facto sovereignty on the Temple Mount. Consequently, an absurd and unbearable situation has been created in the "Jewish and democratic" State of Israel in which the civil rights of the Jewish people are severely violated.
While Moslems enjoy complete civil rights on the Temple Mount, Jews are denied basic rights of freedom of access, freedom of movement, freedom of assembly, freedom of worship and freedom of the press - freedoms which are fundamental to every democracy and which should be the right of every Israeli citizen. Non-Moslem tourists are also denied most of these freedoms on the Temple Mount.
This deplorable discrimination is directed against all non-Moslems and even more so against those who appear to be religious Jews, and is experienced during their entire visit to the Temple Mount, from their initial arrival on through to their departure.
Suits regarding discrimination against the Jews on the Temple Mount have been brought to the Supreme Court in the past. While the Supreme Court has upheld the rights of Jews on the Temple Mount they have always left implementation up to police discretion, while the latter have never been whiling to invest the necessary resources or determination to protect Jewish rights.
Successive Israeli governments have attempted to avoid dealing with the Temple Mount since regaining sovereignty in 1967. Under the ruse of diplomatic and security concerns the Israeli government has passively, yet purposefully allowed procedures to remain in place which violate the most basic rights of Jews, especially religious Jews, and other non-Moslems on the Tempe Mount. This violation constitutes a serious betrayal of Israel's identity as Jewish and democratic state. We believe the time has come to end the diplomatic and security pretexts for Israel's baseless discrimination against Jews and other non-Moslems and we believe that we will succeed in doing so.
It should be made clear that the Supreme Court has the authority to insist that the Israeli government and the police stop these rights violations. Unfortunately the Supreme Court, along with the majority of Israeli society, has historically viewed the Temple Mount issue as the concern of a handful of "extremists" and constant police warnings of "explosive consequences", though having no basis in reality, have deterred them from taking a firm and unequivocal stand.
In recent years there has been ever growing interest among the Jewish (and non-Jewish) population both in Israel and world-wide in reconnecting to the Temple Mount and redeeming its stature as the heart of the State of Israel, and a broad consensus is forming which did not exist in the past. The time has come for a change in the existing situation, termed "the status quo."
With this background, we decided to establish 'HALIBA' organization, for changing Israel's political approach toward the Temple Mount and allow freedom of religion in the holiest place for the Jewish people – the Temple Mount. There is no reason to be discrimination based on religion in this holy place, and we must stand together and change the situation.