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Police intend to keep Temple Mount activists in remand overnight

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 18:30 “‎The detention is intended to calm the rioting Arabs,” said Honenu attorney Rehavia Piltz. On Wednesday, October 29, Rabbi Yehuda Glick, the executive director of the Haliba organization for Jewish freedom on the Temple Mount, was shot and very seriously injured in an attempted assassination by an Arab. The following morning dozens of Jews attempted to go up onto the Temple Mount in order to pray for his recovery. Clashes broke out between them and the police, who subsequently detained five Temple Mount activists who were among the crowd. Police investigators from the Merchav David (Old City District) Police in Jerusalem told Honenu attorney Rehavia Piltz, who arrived at the police station in order to assist the detainees with legal counsel, that they are suspected of ‘disturbing public order’. Despite the leniency of the charge the police informed Piltz that they would keep the detainees in remand overnight. In response Piltz is filing an urgent appeal with the Jerusalem Magistrate Court demanding the immediate release of the detainees. “The detention of the Temple Mount activists is intended for one purpose only and that is to calm the rioting Arabs,” said Piltz. “There is no reason to keep them overnight in a detention center. We suggest that the police act decisively against the raging Arab terror and not against Jews who would like to pray on the Temple Mount.”

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