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Three activists arrested at Temple Mount

reprinted from The Jerusalem Post
05/20/2012

by Melanie Lidman

Three right-wing activists were arrested on the Temple Mount on Sunday morning, after a group of activists started praying on the holy site in honor of Jerusalem Day.

MKs Michael Ben Ari and Uri Ariel (National Union) joined the activists in the pilgrimage to commemorate the anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War, when Israeli soldiers liberated Old City and the Temple Mount from Jordanian forces. During the tour of the site, Ben Ari and a number of the other activists started praying out loud. Police immediately asked Ben Ari to stop. After a number of the activists refused to stop, they were arrested by police. The rest of the tour continued as planned.

Due to delicate status quo agreements, Jewish worshippers are allowed to visit the Temple Mount during certain hours but are not allowed to openly pray at the site. Itamar Ben Gvir, an activist an the spokesman for Ben Ari, accused the police of incitement. "Police are doing the work of the Waqf," he said.

"We came today in order to remind the entire world what Mota Gur said – ‘The Temple Mount is in our hands!'" Uriel said in a statement released by his office. "The site is under Israeli sovereignty and therefore the Israeli government must allow every Jew to realize his autonomous rights and to go up to pray on the Temple Mount," he added.

Activists Arrested for Bowing on Temple Mount

reprinted from Arutz 7
Iyar 28, 5772, 20/05/12

Despite a police ban on Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, MK Michael Ben Ari and two other men bowed in prayer on the site.

by Chana Ya'ar

Knesset Member Michael Ben Ari (National Union) and a few dozen activists celebrated Jerusalem Day by going up to the Temple Mount Sunday morning and asked to pray on the site.

Unlike the activists who kept their prayers short, Ben Ari threw himself down full length on to the ground of the Temple Mount as part of the prayer.

According to those who were with the lawmaker, the Arab bystanders did not respond to Ben Ari's action. "We scare ourselves for nothing," said the MK. “Arabs understand what leftists do not understand. We have a right to pray on the Mount."

Although the Arab security force on the site tried to arrest the MK and two other activists, Ben Ari refused to cooperate, insisted on his diplomatic immunity and claimed his right to pray on the site.

Earlier, those who went up to the Temple Mount explained the decision to do so especially on this day as a desire "to bring loyalty to the holiest site in Jerusalem" as they defined it.

At 3:00 p.m. Sunday, thousands of people are expected to march around and through the Old City of Jerusalem in the traditional flag march marking the reunification of the ancient capital.

The route of the march will once again pass through the Muslim Quarter, despite last year's disturbances, after having been confirmed by the Commissioner of Police. On Sunday evening, celebrants will gather at the Yeshiva Merkaz HaRav Kook for an assembly with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, government ministers, Knesset members, honored rabbis and various other public figures.

 

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