Beck to change Jerusalem rally location, cites security


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Talk show host Glenn Beck said he is moving the location of his planned Jerusalem rally over security concerns.

On his satellite radio show Monday and in an announcement on YouTube, Beck said his "Restoring Courage" rally on Aug. 24 will not be held at the Southern Wall of Jerusalem’s Old City because of rumors that 40,000 Muslims would be atop the Temple Mount. He quoted his security detail as saying that "these people play for keeps."

Beck said he would announce the rally’s new location next week but that it may be on the Mount of Olives.

He noted that his security detail has been upset about the Southern Wall venue since it was selected and recalled that on a previous visit to Israel, he witnessed Muslims throwing stones from the Temple Mount down on Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall. 

"Courage must be coupled with wisdom, and the last thing we want to happen is for anyone to be injured in any way or there to be any kind of conflict," he said.

Beck said the original location was divinely inspired.

"When I picked this location, I did not pick it," he said. "I truly believe it was selected for me."

Beck addressed the Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee last week. His show on Fox aired for the final time at the end of June.

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