Police bar Bnei Akiva demo near Dome of the Rock

Decision to forbid youth group from holding protest on Temple Mount raises firestorm among right-wing activists.

By MELANIE LIDMAN
August 13, 2012 03:42
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Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch.

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Jerusalem police have forbidden a Bnei Akiva youth group from holding a protest on the Temple Mount, raising a firestorm among right-wing activists.

The Bnei 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 Wall.

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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.

Jerusalem police 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,” he said.

The group has reportedly been approved to demonstrate at the Haas Promenade.

MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) sarcastically suggested that Moti Gur should be arrested posthumously for uttering the sentence in 1967.

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