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  12/23/2013, Tevet 20, 5774

Non-Jewish Police Stop Jews from Viewing Temple Mount


A group of Jewish visitors from overseas were prevented from standing near one of the entrances to the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday. Daniel Luria, executive director of  Ateret Kohanim told Arutz Sheva news that the police officer, who was of non-Jewish ethnicity, told the group they were not allowed to stand past the third step. 

"We have been conducting this tour every year for the past ten years," Luria stated. "I even showed him a letter I obtained from the head of the police department asserting that there was no problem with groups viewing the site as long as we did not cause any disturbances," he said. Luria said he took the police officer's name and badge number and plans to file a complaint. He added that the visitors also planned to report to incident to their local media. Luria said he suspects ethnically based discrimination because another group of visitor who were not visibly Jewish were allowed to stand much closer to the entrance. Luria stated the group indented to stand outside the Cotton Gate and catch a glimpse of the Holy of Holies inside the Temple Mount compound in addition to other historic Old City sites.