Canada’s Stephen Harper cancels Dome of the Rock visit after Jewish bodyguards barred

The Dome of the Rock. Credit: Godot13 via Wikimedia Commons.

( Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper called off a visit to the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount on Tuesday after he was told that his Jewish bodyguards could not enter the area, B’nai B’rith Canada revealed.

“It is a shame that the Prime Minister’s visit to the Kotel was marred after he learned that his security detail would not be allowed in to the Dome of the Rock because they are Jewish,” said Frank Dimant, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada. “B’nai Brith delegations have also faced moments of discrimination and harassment on previous missions. We have raised this issue with Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom. Equal access must be given to Jewish worshipers wishing to ascend the Temple Mount. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the religious discrimination going on at the hands of the Islamic Waqf responsible for administering the site.”

Posted on January 22, 2014 .