Tammuz 14, 5772, 04/07/12
The Supreme Court ordered six women from Gaza to pay court fees after they petitioned to be allowed to pray at the Al Aksa mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The Temple Mount is considered the holiest site in Judaism and is also the site of the Al Aksa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.
The Supreme Court reduced the amount it required the women to pay for legal costs and determined that they must pay only ten thousand dollars instead of 25 thousand shekels determined by the District Court. The petitioners argued that Christian Gazan women were allowed to cross the border and enter into Israel to pray at the site, but they were forbidden due to security risks. They said the act was discriminatory and they wished only to pray. Gaza is currently under control of Hamas.
The petitioners were assisted by a group called Gisha, who, according to their website, is "an Israeli not-for-profit organization whose goal is to protect the freedom of movement of Palestinians, especially Gaza residents."
Their website lists as their donors the following: Broederlijk Delen, Drosos Foundation, The European Union, Foundation Open Society Institute, Gal Family Trust, Iris O'Brien Foundation, Irish Aid, Oxfam GB, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Royal Norwegian Embassy and Foreign Ministry, Sigrid Rausing Trust, The Foundation for Middle East Peace, Trócaire, Women Donors Network, Microsoft Corporation (in kind donation), Salesforce.com Foundation (in kind donation), HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual, Jerusalem, and the NGO Development Center which includes the pooled funds of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Royal Danish Representative Office to the PA, the Swedish International Development Cooperation (Sida) and the Netherlands Representative Office to the PA channeled through the NGO Development Center (NDC) - HR/GG secretariat.