An Israeli judge ruled in favor of a Jewish man who was removed from the Temple Mount for quietly praying during Yom Kippur; Polsky: It is inconceivable that Jews in the Temple Mount area should not be allowed to mumble and pray…and Jews should feel like strangers in the holy place.”
Following reports over the last several months of expanded freedom for Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, a judge recently ruled in favor of a Jewish visitor to the Temple Mount on Yom Kippur, who was removed from the site for 15 days as a result of his decision to pray. Jewish prayer has long been forbidden on the Temple Mount, even by Israeli authorities. However, over the last year and a half, more and more leniency has been granted in this regard.
Of course, this ruling was met with serious opposition from Arabs in the region.
As reported by The Jerusalem Post, Aryeh Lipo, who was removed from the Temple Mount for praying on Yom Kippur, prays there on a daily basis. After the ruling in his favor took place, his attorney, Moshe Polsky, stated, “It is inconceivable that Jews in the Temple Mount area should not be allowed to mumble and pray even silently when Muslims on the mountain are allowed to do everything – pray, demand, play football, and riot while the police do not prevent this – and Jews should feel like strangers in the holy place.”
On Thursday, the Iranian-funded terror proxy based in Gaza, known as Hamas, referred to the ruling as a “clear declaration of war”. They also cited it as “blatant aggression”. Another Gaza-based terror proxy, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) would also issue a response.
As part of Lipo’s ruling, it was determined that he was neither a threat or disruption to the area.