Israeli decide upholds ban on Jewish prayer at Al-Aqsa compound

An Israeli rabbi’s prayer at holy website was ‘overt’, Israeli courtroom rules, overturning decrease courtroom’s determination.

An Israeli courtroom has upheld a ban on Jewish prayer at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, overturning a decrease courtroom’s determination that had sparked fury amongst Palestinians and the Muslim world.

Aryeh Lippo, an Israeli rabbi, was slapped with a two-week ban from the compound final month after praying there, however a Jerusalem courtroom on Tuesday struck down the move, saying Lippo’s whispered prayer did “not violate police instructions”.

Jews are allowed to go to the positioning however could not pray or interact in rituals there.

Palestinians denounced on Thursday the choice by the Israeli courtroom, which upends a long-standing settlement whereby Muslims worship at Al-Aqsa – Islam’s third holiest website – whereas Jews worship on the close by Western Wall.

Israeli police had appealed Tuesday’s decrease courtroom determination, and Jerusalem District Court Judge Aryeh Romanoff on Friday upheld the ban, saying officers had acted “within reason”.

“The fact that there was someone who observed [Lippo] pray is evidence that his prayer was overt,” Romanoff wrote. “I restore the decision of the police commander.”

Palestinians, in addition to officers in Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia had condemned the decrease courtroom’s determination.

Sacred to Muslims as a holy website in Islam and revered by Jews as the placement of two historic temples, the mosque and its surrounding plaza have lengthy been flashpoints within the Israeli-Palestinian battle.

Israel captured East Jerusalem together with the mosque in 1967, however Jordan is the custodian of Islamic websites within the metropolis.

No Israeli regulation prohibits Jewish prayer on the Al-Aqsa compound, however since 1967, Israeli authorities have enforced a ban to forestall tensions.

In a press release in favour of the police ban on Friday, Israel’s Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev had warned {that a} change in the established order would “endanger the public peace”.


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