Wednesday. June 21, 2017, 13:22 When the Temple Mount was closed to Jews on Wednesday, June 21 to Jews, a Jewish man in his 30s came to the gates to pray and was detained. The incident began when the detainee decided to pray at the Chain Gate because he could not ascend the Temple Mount. When the detainee asked the policemen to refer him to the authority by which he was forbidden to pray at the Chain Gate they informed him that he was being detained for interrogation on suspicion of disturbing the public peace. The detainee was taken to the Merchav David (Old City) Police Station and interrogated. Honenu Attorney Rehavia Piltz who arrived at the police station and provided the detainee with legal counsel, stated that, “The Israeli Police is continuing its discriminatory policy and rewarding terror. Following Arab rioting on the Temple Mount, Jews have been forbidden to enter the area and a Jew was detained for coming to pray at a gate to the Temple Mount. This was yet another incidence of the rights of Jews being systematically trampled at their most holy site.” For a selection of cases in which Honenu attorneys represented Jews detained on or near the Temple Mount please see here.
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