For the first time, police have been ordered to compensate a man for barring him from ascending to the Temple Mount. The man, Yitzchak Dvira, is an archeologist who researches the Temple Mount and guides tours at the holy site.
Dvira found himself banned indefinitely from the Mount despite signing an order committing to abide by police rules after being told he could proceed to visit if he signed. “It’s hard to escape the feeling that there was an element of randomness in [the ban],” the judge ruled.
Dvira was awarded 2,000 shekels in lost salary and 3,000 for emotional suffering, as well as 2,000 to cover his legal fees.