Court allow Temple Mount Faithful to enter Mount

July 31, 2006 21:28

The High Court of Justice ruled Monday that members of the fringe Temple Mount Faithful can enter the Temple Mount on Thursday during a Jewish fast day, but barred the group's leader from even approaching the Jerusalem holy site, police and the group said. The decision was handed down following a petition filed by the ultra-nationalist group leader Gershon Solomon against police who wanted to ban their entry altogether on a Tisha Be'Av. In years past, the super-sensitive site has been repeatedly closed down to non-Muslim visitors on Tisha Be'av, including, most recently, just last year, due to concern over the outbreak of violence there on what was the eve of Israel's pullout from Gaza.

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