Temple Mount reopened to Jewish visitors days after deadly attack
By ALON HOCHMON/MAARIV, JPOST.COM STAFF
July 17, 2017 10:12
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Admission for Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount was reestablished on Monday, three days after the revered site in Jerusalem was closed in the wake of a deadly terrorist attack on Friday.
The first small group of Jewish visitors that entered the compound on Monday morning said the Mourners Kadish prayer for the fatalities in the attack, Border Police officers Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, who were both of the Druse faith.
Jewish prayer on the mount is an especially irregular occurrence as Israel and the Muslim Wakf authority that oversees the site have banned such activity in accordance with the long-standing status quo at the complex.
Security services prohibit non-Muslim prayer or engagement in other forms of worship on the Temple Mount, claiming that such activity inevitably triggers Palestinian violence. The Supreme Court has previously upheld the theoretical right for Jews to pray at the most holy site in Judaism, although it has stated that the security services are permitted to take security considerations into account when deciding whether to allow non-Muslim prayer there.