Two Jews Removed from Temple Mount for Praying on High Holiday

TEL AVIV - An Israeli court on Monday ruled that Jewish visitors to Jerusalem's Temple Mount compound may chant "Am Yisrael Chai" ("The people of Israel live"), since it constitutes a patriotic exclamation rather than a religious prayer and is therefore not in violation of the ban on uttering Jewish prayers …
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The Times of Israel reports:

Two Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount were removed from the premises of the holy site Sunday after violating the rules of entry, police said.  Jews are permitted to visit the Temple Mount, but prohibited from praying on the contested holy site.

Four Muslim visitors to the flashpoint site were taken in for questioning on suspicion of public disturbance. Police said 1,034 visitors came to the Temple Mount on Sunday, the vast majority foreign tourists.
Sunday marks the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, and thousands of worshippers are anticipated at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, which abuts the flashpoint holy site.

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While the Mount falls under Israeli sovereignty, it is administered by the Waqf, the site’s Muslim custodians. Non-Muslims are allowed to ascend the site on certain hours of some days, but cannot pray or openly carry holy objects, as per Waqf rules.



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