Soldiers Banned from Temple Mount Visit in Uniform

Legal rights group Honenu claims the three soldiers were arrested simply for looking like observant Jews.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Soldiers detained on Temple Mount
Soldiers detained on Temple Mount
Arnon Segal

Three IDF soldiers were detained Sunday morning at the entrance to the Temple Mount after attempting to visit Judaism's holiest site while wearing army uniforms, according to legal rights organization Honenu. 

According to the report, police officers prevented them from entering the Temple, probably due to their religious appearance.

The police even ordered them to report to a military police force - who questioned the soldiers for a while and then released them on condition that they do not visit the Mount while wearing the IDF uniforms.

Despite being the holiest site in Judaism, Jews - and other non-Muslims - are forbidden to perform any acts of worship on the Temple Mount, including uttering prayers, due to Muslim threats of violence.

Visibly-religious Jews are scrutinized carefully by police and arrested if suspected of praying - and, increasingly, for odd "violations" such as drinking water

The Temple Mount is the location of the two Holy Temples of Jerusalem, the latter of which was destroyed in 70 CE. 

It is also the site of the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, which is built atop the ancient Jewish ruins.

In recent years Muslim groups have sought to deny the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount altogether, claiming it as an Islamic holy site and seeking to prevent growing numbers of Jews from visiting it via organized harassment campaigns and outbursts of violence.