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Israeli judge’s ruling on Jews who prayed in Al-Aqsa compound ignites controversy

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Israeli Justice of the Peace’s Court docket Decide Zion Sahrai dominated Sunday that three Jewish youths weren’t violating safety circumstances after they recited a Jewish prayer on the contested holy space recognized to Jews because the Temple Mount and to Muslims as Haram Al-Sharif.

Police had charged all three with safety violations for reciting the Shema, banning them from getting into Jerusalem’s Outdated Metropolis for 15 days.

Underneath the so-called Standing Quo settlement courting again to Ottoman rule of Jerusalem, solely Muslims are allowed to hope contained in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Israel and different states agreed to keep up Standing Quo entry to those holy websites after Israel captured them within the 1967 struggle.

In his ruling, Decide Sahrai wrote: “In my view, it’s not attainable to say that bowing and reciting prayer — within the circumstances of the case earlier than me — raises an inexpensive suspicion of conduct which will result in a breach of the peace.”

He additionally explicitly acknowledged that the ruling shouldn’t be taken as a choice on the suitable to Jewish prayer within the space. “I can not signal my determination with out clarifying that it doesn’t intrude with the work of the police in implementing public order on the Temple Mount generally, nor does it represent a willpower regarding the freedom of worship on the Temple Mount. These issues haven’t been mentioned on this determination.”

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The Israeli Prime Minister’s Workplace stated Sunday night time: “There isn’t a change, neither is any change deliberate, on the established order of the Temple Mount.”

“The Justice of the Peace Court docket’s determination is concentrated completely on the matter of conduct of the minors introduced earlier than it, and doesn’t embrace a broader willpower relating to the liberty of worship on the Temple Mount,” the prime minister’s workplace stated.

Israel’s State Prosecutor is interesting the ruling, and Israeli police issued an announcement reiterating that the court docket determination wouldn’t change entry to the holy website: “The principles of visiting the place stay the identical and the Israel Police will proceed to implement them as they’re.”

Nonetheless, the Islamic-Christian Committee of Jerusalem and its Sanctuaries warned that the court docket determination was a violation of the present settlement on holy websites: “The Israeli determination constitutes a revolution in opposition to the Standing Quo in Al-Aqsa Mosque and creates a brand new state of affairs that paves the way in which for the legalization of the Jewish presence in Al-Aqsa mosque.”

The Islamic belief charged with administering the compound additionally issued a condemnation of the ruling, stating that “all these selections geared toward Judaizing the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque are unlawful, imposed by the drive of the occupation.”

Some non secular nationalist Jewish teams have been demanding entry to the Temple Mount space for Jewish prayer. There have been a number of cases of Jewish guests conducting prayers within the disputed space, sparking outrage from Muslim authorities and compelled removals by Israeli police.

On Monday, far-right Knesset member Itamar Ben Gvir, tweeted a video of two Jewish males in prayer shawls making an attempt to entry the Temple Mount however being turned away by police. In his put up, Bengvir cited the court docket ruling: “This morning, I’m very nervous concerning the destiny of democracy!!! To my amazement, the police don’t respect the choice of the court docket, which in truth dominated that Jews are allowed to hope on the Temple Mount and that reciting prayers is just not a criminal offense. Police are sending a message of anarchy and, sadly, are telling youth to not take the judgement significantly. Horrible.”

Tensions are already excessive in Jerusalem. In what has change into a controversial annual occasion, Jewish non secular nationalist teams plan to march previous a few of the holiest websites within the Outdated Metropolis this week to mark Jerusalem Day, a nationwide vacation in Israel. Hamas and different Palestinian militant teams have threatened to retaliate if the march goes forward as deliberate.