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Jew Arrested for Making Blessing over Water on Temple Mount


Police officer stands guard near Temple Mount/Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90
Young Jewish visitor to Temple Mount detained by police moments after making the ritual blessing before drinking water.

A 21-year-old Jewish man was arrested Tuesday afternoon on the Temple Mount on suspicion of making the customary blessing before drinking from a water bottle.

According to a witness also visiting the Temple Mount, the detainee requested permission from a police officer to drink from the water fountain on the site. When the officer refused, another policeman offered the youth a bottle of water.

The youth thanked the policeman, made the blessing over water and drank, whereupon he was informed by police officers that he was being detained on suspicion of making a blessing.

The Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest site, and also houses the Al Aqsa Mosque compound. The entire area is administered by the Jordanian-run Waqf Islamic trust, and despite its holy status to them Jews are forbidden from carrying out any forms of worship there.


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