NGO claims Jewish bride arrested on wedding day for praying on Temple Mount
Separate bride allegedly denied entry to contested holy site for donning wedding gown.
Amid a backdrop of heightened tension on the Temple Mount, a legal aid organization claimed that a woman was arrested at the contested holy site on Thursday morning – her wedding day – for reciting a Jewish prayer.
According to the Honenu organization, the bride was removed from the site and released two hours later after being interrogated by police.
Honenu attorney Rehavia Pilz, who helped expedite the woman’s release, said officers accused her of murmuring a prayer, which is forbidden by the High Court because police consider it a disturbance to the public order.
“It’s very sad that police stopped her on her wedding day for the grave sin of praying softly, while ignoring the numerous violations of the law of the Muslims on the Temple Mount,” she said, noting that Muslim visitors acted out violently, with apparent immunity, while the woman was detained.
However, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said on Thursday that while a woman was indeed arrested for praying there, she was not a bride.
“It was a regular woman who prayed, not a bride on her wedding day,” said Samri.
Meanwhile, The Temple Institute, an NGO that advocates for Jewish prayer rights at the compound, claimed that a different bride was denied entry to the holy site on Wednesday because she was wearing her wedding gown.
“The police claimed that her white dress might cause a ‘disturbance of the peace,’” the institute said. “As can be seen by the accompanying photo, the white dress in question is both modest and simple.”
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