Rabbi Elitzur briefly detained on Temple Mount, faces possible ban

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 11:16 Rabbi Professor Yo’el Elitzur, a resident of Ofra in the Binyamin region, was briefly detained on the morning of Thursday, February 5 by policemen at a check-point near the entrance to the Temple Mount. A group of Muslims surrounded Rabbi Elitzur and a group of Jews accompanying him who had ascended the Temple Mount with him, and called out “Allah akbar” (“Allah is great”). In response the rabbi called out “Hashem hu haElokim,” (“The Lord is G-d”) and was subsequently detained. Rabbi Elitzur was not interrogated, however he said that the police officers informed him that they would see to it that he was banned from the Temple Mount by an order backed by a clause of a law which grants that authority to the police. The same clause was used to ban Rabbi Yehuda Glick from the Temple Mount.

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