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Temple Mount Shut to Non-Muslims on Election Eve

reprinted with permission from Arutz Sheva
Mar. 26, 2006 20:06 | Updated Mar. 26, 2006 20:54

Citing unspecified "tension," Jerusalem police announced Sunday that the Temple Mount will be closed off to non-Muslims on Election Eve.

The rare weekday closure comes just one day before Israel's elections.

Monday's closure of the Jerusalem holy site to Jewish and Christian visitors was initiated by the Jerusalem police Ilan Franco and approved by Israel police chief Insp. Gen Moshe Karadi, police said.

Police sporadically close off the ancient compound during times of high tension, and following multiple alerts over possible violence at the bitterly contested holy site.

Police Close Temple Mount to Jews

reprinted with permission from Arutz Sheva
00:00 Mar 27, '06 / 27 Adar 5766

( Israel's Police have announced that the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site, is now closed to Jews. The decision followed threats of Muslim violence leveled by Islamist Mufti of Jerusalem and other Arab leaders, who promised they would not allow rabbis to ascend the mount as planned Monday.

The Movement for the Establishment of the Third Temple issued a statement in response to the decision. "The movement is not surprised by that the Kadima government continues its tradition of surrender to Hamas violence by closing the Temple Mount to Jews tomorrow. This surrender will be reflected in the ballot box, when the public sees its weakness in the face of the Arab enemy, while at the same time using an iron fist against those in the Jewish nation who want to ascend and pray at the holiest site to the Jewish people."



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