Police Detain Jews Seeking Entrance To Har Habayis On Pesach in Violation of Halachah



Hundreds of Jews who attempted to visit the Har Habayis on Sunday and Monday were rushed by authorities, forced to wait for hours, and denied entry, a student activist group said.

A larger influx of Jewish visitors to the Har Habayis is common during Pesach, as well as the Yomim Noraim, which often results in increased Arab violence and harassment. According to a spokesperson for the Hebrew University-based Students for the Temple Mount, a group that advocates for greater access to Jewish prayer at the site – despite the psak of leading poskim forbidding ascending the Har Habayis – police were not equipped enough to protect Jewish visitors.

“We expected the police to do their job and let groups of Jews in on Sunday and Monday, but basically all the Jews with a kippa or tzittzit were put aside at the bottom of the bridge and told to wait while Christians and other visitors were allowed directly in,” said Tom Nisani.

“Jews waited up to two hours in the sun and the police would not allow more than one small group up there at a time because they claimed they could not protect us on the Temple Mount because of Arab violence,” he said.

The Har Habayis is administered by the Islamic Waqf, a Muslim trust overseen by Jordan that limits non-Muslim visitation and bans Jewish prayer, Israel provides security at the site. In recent months, an increase in Jewish visitation has been led by activist groups calling for greater Jewish access to the Har Habayis, in violation of halachah.

{Matzav.com Israel, JNS.org}


  1. Perhaps better to say violation of a psak halacha

    No, no. In violation of halacha! Zeh hu. This is Rav Kook’s clear psak as well. Meh, we’ll even discard Rav Kook’s psakim, in addition to all other psakim and halachos, when it comes to advancing our nationalistic causes.