Teen blocked from Temple Mount to be compensated

Police ban teenager from visiting holy site, but do not inform him or summon him for a hearing as required by law.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Temple Mount
Temple Mount

The police will compensate a young man who was banned from the Temple Mount without being informed of the ban or granted a hearing.

The plaintiff, a 19-year-old yeshiva student who filed the suit with the Honenu legal organization, claimed that he had only learned that he was banned from the Temple Mount when he arrived at the holy site and was informed that he would not be allowed to ascend the mount due to an incident which took place several months earlier.

When the young man was asked why he had not been notified of the ban the same day the decision was made, one of the police officers replied that they would "not call anyone who was banned." The lawsuit was filed following the incident.

The hearing was held in the Jerusalem Small Claims Court. The plaintiff presented the procedure for the restriction of access to the mount, and noted that the police are required to summon the subject of the ban to a hearing before finalizing the decision to ban him from the holy site. He also noted that the subject of the ban must be informed when the decision is made.

The parties accepted a compromise proposed by the court, under which the police would compensate the young man with NIS 1000 ($280) within 30 days.

A similar case in which a Temple Mount activist was banned from the mount without being informed resulted in the police being forced to pay the activist NIS 1,800 ($500)

Attorney Menashe Yado of the Honenu organization said in response, "The legal activity of the organization in the past two years has significantly improved the rights of Jews on the Temple Mount. I hope that this status will be preserved and that it will continue to improve."

The organization noted that this ruling and similar rulings are paving the way for many citizens who have encountered similar issues to sue the police and receive compensation for the violation of their rights.