Jerusalem police on Monday detained right-wing activist Noam Federman nearby the entrance to the Temple Mount for fear that he was at the site to offer a Passover sacrifice. Two other Jews were arrested nearby on the same grounds, one of them a minor – Federman's son – with a kid in his possession, presumably the animal that would have been sacrificed. In past Passovers Federman has been arrested for the same reason. The three were released on Monday after questioning.
While Jews are allowed on the Temple Mount under certain conditions, police and the courts forbid them any kind of religious activity at the site, which is considered holy to Muslims as well.
MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) said that “the harassment that right-wing activists who want to offer a Passover sacrifice on the Temple Mount are subject to from police and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) is political persecution and an affront to Judaism.”
“I'd expect the police and Shin Bet to deal with terror and incitement coming from the Temple Mount, instead of wasting time and energy on wars against Jews,” Ben-Ari added. A spokesman for the MK noted that hundreds of Jews were by the Temple Mount in an expression of their desire to offer a Passover sacrifice.