A Jewish student from the UK on a visit to the Temple Mount on Wednesday morning was asked to remove his kippa by one of the Waqf officials at the site, who told him that he was not allowed to wear it because he was “in a holy place.”
The 20 year-old from London, who studies at the University of Leeds in northern England and is in the country on a student mission, declined to remove the kippa and left the site instead.
Rabbi Chaim Richman of The Temple Institute said that incident demonstrates “the opening of new front of anti-Semitism at the hands of the Islamic Waqf committed to eradicating all Jewish connection to the site.”
The Jordanian Waqf that administers the site restricts non-Muslims from entering outside specific visiting hours, and no form of non-Muslim worship is permitted including personal prayer. Religious clothing like Kippot and Tzitzit has however always been permitted. Jeremy Sharon