Arabs view Temple Mount (illustration)
Arabs view Temple Mount (illustration)Nati Shohat/Flash 90

The Supreme Court has instructed the government to respond to an emergency appeal against the placement of Jordanian cameras on the Temple Mount.

The appeal was filed by the Academic Council for National Policy and the Israel Independence Fund, who asked the Court to place a temporary injunction against the cameras and explained that such a step would quickly become a permanent fixture of the site.

In contrast to the petitioner's request, Justice Uzi Fogelman claimed that "Installing cameras on the Temple Mount is not an irreversible step." Instead, he insisted that it will be possible to remove the cameras even after they are installed.

Fogelman deferred the appeal until the Supreme Court can look into the issue. He also demanded that the government provide a response within 30 days.

The appeal was submitted last Thursday. The Academic Council for National Policy emphasizes that such activity on the Temple Mount explicitly contradicts the Basic Law: Jerusalem and would give de facto sovereignty over the Temple Mount to the Jordanians.

Council head Dr. Ronen Shoval has reacted sharply to the decision not to immediately stop the camera placement. "Justice Fogelman's decision does not stand up to the test of common sense, and it expresses naivety at best. It's clear to everyone that installing Jordanian cameras on the Temple Mount is a serious erosion of our sovereignty on the Mount, which violates the Basic Law: Jerusalem and will lead to severe harm against human rights."

He added that "The Supreme Court decision is a historic mistake that will take a long time to fix. It is hard not to question whether Justice Fogelman would have treated violations of other Basic Laws so frivolously."