Following the court ruling: Jewish worshipers ascended the Temple Mount - and were detained for questioning
In the shadow of security tensions, and after the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court overturned the police's decision to expel boys who bowed and shouted "Shema Yisrael" at the compound, additional worshipers asked to enter the compound.
This is despite the fact that the government has announced that there is no change in the status quo
Monday, 23 May 2022, 07:35 Updated: 08:22
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A Jewish worshiper on the Temple Mount was detained this morning (Monday) for questioning, after the storm that erupted last night following a ruling by the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court, which overturned a police decision to expel boys who bowed and shouted "Shma Yisrael" in the compound.
Also, two Jewish worshipers who arrived this morning at the Mughrabi Bridge wrapped in tefillin and a tallit were refused entry into the compound and were asked to remove the tefillin and tassel at the checkpoint.
Following the judge's decision, the government secretariat stated that "there is no and no planned change in the status quo on the Temple Mount. "The state will file an appeal to the district court."
Meanwhile, MK Itamar Ben Gvir informed an Knesset officer that he intends to ascend the Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day.
"Threats of the enemy will not deter us from reaching the holiest place for the Jewish people, on the contrary, we will only be strengthened and reach the exercise of the sovereignty of the State of Israel in Jerusalem," Ben Gvir said.
"I hope that on Jerusalem Day, Israel will lower its target with targeted counterterrorism and raise the Israeli flag to the top of the mast."
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Jews on the Temple Mount.
April 2022 (Photo: Official Website, Arnon Segal)
Earlier in the day, Hamas Politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh threatened to escalate if the flag march in Jerusalem was carried out, saying that "there are calls for settlers to break into the Al-Aqsa Mosque and organize a flag parade. I say clearly and warn the enemy of committing such crimes. "The West will not agree and will not accept the passage of this Jewish nonsense in the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
He said this at a Hamas event to mark the year of the wall guard.
Haniyeh added that "our decision is clear and there will be no turning back from it. We will fight against all possibilities and we will not allow the desecration of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, or the arrogance against our people on the streets of Jerusalem, the West Bank and within Israel."
The general secretary of the Islamic Jihad organization, Ziad Nahala, reinforced Haniyeh's remarks and said that "we must be on alert, fulfill our mission and declare to the whole world that we have nothing but Jerusalem."
"Our commitment to Jerusalem is the only thing that matters. Those who think that the resistance of the Palestinian people can be stopped when al-Aqsa is given to the Jews, do not understand this resistance," Nahala added.
"Jerusalem is Palestine, it is Islam in the full sense of the word. What is happening in Jerusalem is the deliberate humiliation of Muslims and Palestinians and the overriding of their rights."
Courts allow prayer on the Temple Mount - the state maintains the status quo
This is not the first time a court has allowed prayer on the Temple Mount, but the state is appealing the decisions and the district and Supreme Courts have reversed the decisions and maintained the status quo.
In 2021, Justice of the Peace Bilha Yahalom overturned a restraining order issued by the police to Aryeh Jaffa, after he prayed in a whisper during a visit to the compound.
Police appealed the decision to the district court, which upheld the appeal and overturned the decision.
"The High Court has often emphasized the explosiveness and sensitivity of the Temple Mount as a unique and special place in view of its centrality and importance.
The High Court repeatedly called for the issue of freedom of worship on the Temple Mount, and even demanded in 2017 the state to explain why Jews should not be allowed to pray there, but this petition was rejected.
In a judgment of Justice David Mintz, he rejected the petition and explained "the security and political reasons underlying the Israeli government's policy over the years are still valid, and the petitioners did not claim any change of circumstances in the matter. The data to the police regarding the prevention of entry and prayer on the Temple Mount. "
Judge Mintz added, "The Temple Mount is unique and special and does not attest to the rule. Indeed, the principle is that every Jew has the right to ascend the Temple Mount and pray there, as part of freedom of religious worship and freedom of expression. However, these rights are not absolute and can be restricted. "Their realization takes into account the public interest. Given the centrality and great importance of the Temple Mount for members of other religions as well, the danger posed by the flare-up of violence there is not only a local danger and may lead to a flare-up that threatens security outside the country and region."
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