Police to clarify policy regarding soccer on Temple Mount

Visitors to Temple Mount complain Arab soccer games desecrate site, lawyer says Supreme Court ordered no soccer on Temple Mount.

Shlomo Pyutrikovsky ,

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Flash 90

The Jerusalem District Police legal adviser promised to clarify to officers the legal policy regarding soccer games on the Temple Mount.

The Supreme Court ruled that soccer games are forbidden on the Temple Mount, since they desecrate the site's holiness. This policy does not include the area near a school on the Temple Mount.

Attorney Haim Bleicher of the Honenu legal organization in a letter explained that "approximately one month ago, Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount noticed that the Arabs' soccer games had spread into the Temple Mount's main area."

"The police refused to hear their complaints, so the Jews spoke to a lawyer, who demanded the police do 'everything possible to avoid another such occurrence, and to bring those who desecrate the Temple Mount to justice.'"

Such conduct, Bleicher said, "is a desecration of a holy place and insults all who visit the Temple Mount, as well as all those who believe in Judaism."

The letter also noted that playing soccer in holy places is illegal and the punishment for such actions is seven years in prison.

Responding to Israel Police's promise to clarify the policy regarding soccer on the Temple Mount, Bleicher said, "I hope that from now on, the police will work determinedly to safeguard the site's holiness from Arabs who desecrate it."

Arabs continuously desecrate the holy site by holding soccer games against the law, and even have clowns perform there.