Religious groups and religious political parties denounced the decision on Tuesday, describing it as anti-religious.
Those of us who pray regularly can’t help but ask whether prayer works, as if “works” is defined by whether the entire universe bent to your wishes and desires, based on your simple request.
A spokesperson for the Israeli Police said in a statement that "police patrolling the area responded by dispersing those that were involved.
The ministry called for the end of the visits and respect of the status quo and stressed that the Temple Mount is a place of worship for Muslims only.
Police deny changes at the site, but video footage suggests blanket ban on non-Muslim prayer not enforced.
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