(photo credit: Ammar Awad / Reuters)
Jerusalem police have forbidden a Bnei Akiva youth group from holding a protest
on the Temple Mount, raising a firestorm among right-wing activists.
Akiva youth group had requested permission from the police to hold a protest on
the Temple Mount while chanting “The Temple Mount is in our hands!” and waving
signs with the same message. The sentence is in reference to Moti Gur’s
statement during the Six Day War when paratroopers reached the Western
Science and Technology Minister Daniel Hershkovitz (Habayit
Hayehudi) vowed he would appeal the decision to Public Security Minister Yitzhak
Aharonovitch. “This is a limitation on the freedom of expression,” Hershkovitz
said in a statement released by his office. “Would the police also forbid the
expression ‘The Nation of Israel lives?’” he asked.
spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said that no group, Jewish or Muslim, would be given
permission to demonstrate on the Temple Mount. “It is impossible to demonstrate
there, the area is for visitors and Muslim prayer only, not for demonstration,”
The group has reportedly been approved to demonstrate at the
MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) sarcastically
suggested that Moti Gur should be arrested posthumously for uttering the
sentence in 1967.