Seven Held For Attempting Passover Goat Sacrifice In Jerusalem

A Samaritan carys a goat slaughter during the traditional Passover sacrifice ceremony at Mount Gerizim near the northern West Bank city of Nablus on April 23, 2013.
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The Times of Israel reports: Police detained seven Jewish men suspected of planning to sacrifice goats in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday in honor of the Passover holiday, which begins at sundown.

Two of the young men were picked up on Friday morning on their way to carry out the sacrifice, but were stopped by police before they could do so. Upon their arrest, police spotted a second goat that had been left unattended, which they later connected to a third suspect who was subsequently detained.

Just a few hours later, officers picked up another four people — all minors — who had a third goat they intended to sacrifice, police said.

The charge against the seven suspects was “disturbing the peace,” a police spokesperson said.

In ancient times, Jews used to sacrifice a lamb on Passover Eve and eat it as part of the traditional seder meal. Nearly all Jews forgo this ritual today. However, members of the Samaritan religion still carry out this practice.

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