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13 year old girl detained at gates to Temple Mount

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 9:47 On the evening of Tuesday, April 18, border policemen violently dispersed a group of girls praying in the Old City of Jerusalem near the gates to the Temple Mount. One of the girls, who is 13 years old, was detained, interrogated at the police station on suspicion of assaulting a policeman and then taken to the Russian Compound where she spent the night in remand. Honenu received reports that at approximately 22:00 a group of about six girls arrived at the Tribes Gate, one of the entrances to the Temple Mount and began to prayer. The gate was locked and the girls did not disturb anyone. A group of border policemen arrived at the scene and violently removed the girls, detaining one of them in the process. Honenu Attorney Rechavia Piltz represented the detainee: “Once again the rights of Jews concerning the Temple Mount have been trampled. For a reason which is not clear and apparently without authority the border policemen removed civilians who were exercising their right to prayer near the gates to the Temple Mount. The conduct of the Israeli Police is unacceptable, and severely discriminates against Jews in the Old City of Jerusalem. We hope that the court will put an end to this illegal conduct. Furthermore, I expect that also the individuals in charge of the police will give orders to cease the severe discrimination against Jews in Jerusalem.” A deliberation on the case is expected to take place at the Jerusalem Magistrate Court on the morning of Wednesday, April 19.

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