Activists to be indicted for Passover Sacrifice

Leader of the Return to the Mount movement to be charged for 'disturbing the peace' for attempting to sacrifice a goat on the Mount.

Yedidya Ben-Or,

Passover sacrifice demonstration (illustration)
Passover sacrifice demonstration (illustration)
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The Israel Police is expected to submit an indictment against Return to the Temple Mount Movement leader Rephael Morris Sunday, after he was arrested Friday for attempting to sacrifice a goat on the Temple Mount. 

Morris is being charged with violating a restraining order banning him from Jerusalem from Passover Eve (Thursday night/Friday). Police will likely request that he be kept in police custody until the end of proceedings against him. 

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir sharply criticized the move to file a formal indictment Sunday, calling it "subservient and total acquiescence to Arab threats vis-a-vis the Temple Mount." 

"Instead of giving the people of Return to the Temple Mount Movement their basic rights which they deserve, the police is acting destructively and fatally and chooses to suppress voices through the arrest process," he fumed. 

The Israel Police responded Sunday that it is dedicated to "keeping the peace," and warns the public to act responsibly during the holiday. Hours ago, the Israel Police barred an adult and a child from visiting the Temple Mount on similar charges. 

Two Jews were arrested Friday in connection to Morris's attempt to make the sacrifice, and a second goat was found in the city without an owner later in the day.