2016-06-08 / Mideast

Lawmaker vows end to prayer ban

TEMPLE MOUNT

At his Knesset swearing-in speech, longtime Temple Mount activist and new Likud lawmaker Yehuda Glick called for an end to the ban on Jewish prayer at the Jerusalem compound.

Glick, who officially became a Knesset member filling a vacancy left by former Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon on the party’s list, has promised he will abide by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s directive, designed to defuse tensions there, barring Knesset members and ministers from going to the hot spot, which is holy both to Jews and Muslims.

During his speech, Glick, 50, said, according to The Times of Israel: “As long as I’m here, I will do all that is in my power to end the injustice that takes place every day at the holiest place in the world, where police officers are under orders to check whether a 90- year-old Jew is, God forbid, moving his lips or not.

The Temple Mount is under Israeli sovereignty, but, under a deal following Israel’s 1967 takeover of the site, is run by the Islamic Waqf, a Jordanian body. Muslims generally have full access to the site and the exclusive right to pray there. Jews can only ascend the mount during limited visiting hours and are forbidden from doing anything resembling worship such as kneeling, singing, dancing or rending their clothes. (JTA)

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