A Wakf official told a Jewish student from the UK who was visiting the Temple Mount on Wednesday morning, to remove his kippa, saying 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 the incident demonstrated “the opening of a new front of anti- Semitism at the hands of the Islamic Wakf committed to eradicating all Jewish connection to the site.”

The Jordanian Wakf 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 such as kippot and tzitzit, however, has always been permitted.

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