Police arrest 3 activists praying on Temple Mount (JERUSALEM POST) By MELANIE LIDMAN 05/20/12)
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Police arrested three right-wing activists 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
“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.
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