Israeli judge upholds ban on Jewish prayer at Al-Aqsa compound

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Palestinians gesture during a protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, outside the Dome of the Rock in the al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's third holiest site, in the Old City of Jerusalem, on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP)

Assessment: After capturing Jerusalem in the 1967 war, secular Israeli General Moshe Dyan turned the Temple Mount over to the control of the Jordanian Waqf, in one of Israel’s greatest blunders. This judge may have made the second.

An Israeli court has upheld a ban on Jewish prayer at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, overturning a lower court’s decision that had sparked fury among Palestinians and the Muslim world.

Aryeh Lippo, an Israeli rabbi, was slapped with a two-week ban from the compound last month after praying there, but a Jerusalem court on Tuesday struck down the move, saying Lippo’s whispered prayer did “not violate police instructions”.

“Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever.” Ezekiel 43:7

Jews are allowed to visit the site but may not pray or engage in rituals there.

Palestinians denounced on Thursday the decision by the Israeli court, which upends a long-standing agreement whereby Muslims worship at Al-Aqsa – Islam’s third holiest site – while Jews worship at the nearby Western Wall. Read mMore @ Aljazeera HERE

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