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  7/25/2012, Av 6, 5772

Should All Non-Muslim Prayer Be Banned on Temple Mount?


A Knesset conference will take place on Thursday dealing with Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. The conference was organized by Member of Knesset Dr. Michael Ben-Ari of the National Union Party.
 
Participants will include Rabbi Dov Lior, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, Moshe Feiglin and others.
 
MK Dr. Ben-Ari stated, "The time has come after 45 years to allow the Jewish people to exercise their right at the most holy place."
 
The Temple Mount is the site of the Holy Temple, or Beit HaMikdash, the holiest site in the Jewish region. The First Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians and the Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans, both on the same date, the 9th of Av, or Tisha B'Av. 
 
The Temple Mount is currently home to the Dome of the Rock and Al Aksa mosque. Although Israel has been the sovereign power of the Old City of Jerusalem since 1967, it allows the Muslim Waqf to maintain sovereignty over the Temple Mount. Non-Muslim prayer is forbidden. Non-Muslims who attempt to pray on the Temple Mount can be arrested and banned from the site.