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Double Joy: Prayer at Temple Mount Before Daughter Weds

Police stopped an activist from visiting the Temple Mount for seven months. He and his daughter won the right on Sunday, hours before her wedding.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 1/11/2010, 11:54 AM / Last Update: 1/11/2010, 12:05 PM

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Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick won a seven-month battle on Sunday and prayed at the holy site with his 19-year-old daughter, just hours before she married in a ceremony in Bnei Brak. He told Israel National News they prayed at the site and were escorted by two policemen and another guard.

“According to the law, you can pray on the Temple Mount, but cannot ‘demonstrate’ by moving the body in a fashion that indicates praying or by holding a prayer book,” he explained. “I can stand and move my lips. They are not going to read my lips to know what I am saying.”

Nevertheless, one of the policemen filmed him and his daughter for 20 minutes. Glick revealed that he prayed for the safe release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit and American prisoner-for-life Jonathan Pollard. “I also praised the A-lmighty and prayed that all Jews visit the Temple Mount," he added.

Glick, former head of the Temple Mount Institute that has re-created many of the holy items used in ancient sacrifices. Glick said that police consider Jews strangers on the Temple Mount, but that if more Jews visit, the situation will change.

Police had prevented him from visiting the holy site based on allegations that his appearance would provoke violence among Muslims. Glick maintains that Arabs "know me and have a good relationship with me. I wish the police would have the same relationship, but they do not like me.” There were no disturbances during the visit by Glick and his daughter.

The High Court previously accepted Glick’s petition charging police with discrimination, and the justices ordered that he be allowed to visit the Temple Mount. Police refused to honor the order, however, and he filed two more petitions with the court. Finally, two weeks ago, the court set December 26 as a final date for police cooperation.

After several meetings between the police and Glick, he finally was allowed to visit late Thursday, when it was too late to make the necessary Halakhic (Jewish ritual) preparations. Jews are prohibited from the Temple Mount on Friday, the Muslim holy day of the week, and the next possible date was Sunday, the eve of his daughter’s marriage.