Dr Mike Evans

Record number of visitors recorded at Temple Mount

A record number of visitors have been recorded at the Temple Mount, with more than Record number of visitors recorded at Temple Mount

A record number of visitors have been recorded at the Temple Mount, with more a month still remaining in the Jewish year.

The current number of pilgrims to the location is more than 44,000 over the last 11 months. The previous record of 29,119 occurred in 2020 ahead of the pandemic.

“The jump in the number of pilgrims is expected to increase even more before the end of the Hebrew year,” Assaf Fried, of the Temple Mount administration, told Israel International News.

The last month of the Jewish year, Elul, is a month of asking forgiveness, “and it is characterized by a further increase in the number of pilgrims,” Fried added in the report.

The report comes just one week after Commander Avi Cohn began his work as leader of the David police district in Jerusalem and dropped the restraining order against some individuals who had been banned from visiting the Temple Mount.

The changes have largely been carried out discretely to avoid controversy. The new regulations are opening the opportunity back up for those who agree to operate within the current guidelines for Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount.

In addition to the growing annual numbers, single-day numbers have also recently been set. The current record for the most daily visitors to the Temple Mount is 2,600 and occurred on Jerusalem Day in May of this year. The number was 1,000 more people than the previous year.

The increase in Jewish visitors has become a growing concern for Palestinian leaders. Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas claimed the Jews were desecrating holy sites.

Controversies over visits to the Temple Mount have also been the source of past conflicts. The 2021 Gaza War was sparked during controversial actions regarding the Temple Mount, with Israeli security forces strongly protecting visitors in the spring of this year to avoid a repeat of the previous year’s actions.