Daily Israel Report

Court: Muslim Gaza Women Can't Pray at Al Aqsa

Extreme leftist group motioned court to allow women from Gaza to pray on Temple Mount.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/4/2012, 10:49 PM

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The High Court rejected on Wednesday an appeal filed on behalf of seven Muslim women from Gaza, who asked to be allowed to pray at the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, on the Temple Mount.

The appeal noted that the IDF currently allows Christian women aged over 35 years to leave Gaza for Jerusalem and the rest of Judea and Samaria, in order to attend the Christian holy sites during the holidays.

It asked the IDF to give the same right to Muslim women.

The court decided not to intervene in the IDF's policy regarding Muslim and Christian women. It did lessen the sum the women were required to pay in court fees, from NIS 25,000 to 10,000.

The appeal was filed by Gisha, an extreme leftist group that devotes itself to attempts to increase the ability of Arabs from Gaza to travel into Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The group was involved in an alleged miscarriage of justice, in which a document that could harm the state of Israel was ordered published by a judge with an apparent conflict of interest. 

Gaza is ruled by Hamas, a genocidal organization dedicated to the annihilation of all Israel men, women and children.