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  9/27/2012, Tishrei 11, 5773

Jew Arrested for 'Breaking the Rules' on Temple Mount


Police detained a Jew, Thursday, for breaking its "secret" rules on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, according to students of the Har Bracha yeshiva who visited the holy site. He was the fourth person so detained in the last 11 day. Two people were arrested on the eve of Rosh Hashannah on claims by police that they were praying. Two days ago, on the eve of Yom Kippur, police claimed a 21-year-old prostrated himself. Thursday's violation was not specified.

The Joint Staff of Temple Organizations condemned the four arrests as having no legal grounds, noting that the detainees were released after a few hours. The organizations also said the Supreme Court has ruled, more than ten times, that Jews have the right to worship on the Temple Mount, which is not to be denied unless there is a concrete, immediate threat to life. They said the fears of the police from the Muslim Waqf Authority for the Temple Mount are unfounded, and the rising trend of Temple Mount visits will continue through the Sukkot holiday, which begins next week.