Jewish teens arrested for praying on Temple Mount

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 |  Israel Today Staff

Four Israeli teenagers were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly praying atop Jerusalem's Temple Mount.

According to the official police report, the four were spotted bowing and saying quiet prayers while visiting what is today a Muslim-occupied shrine.

But, a rabbi who witnessed the entire affair told Israel National News that he had not seen the youths bow down in prayer. Rather, the police officer who had accompanied them became extremely nervous when a large group of Muslim men began shouting "Allah Akbar" at the Jews. The Israeli teens were apparently arrested to further appease the Muslims.

A lawyer later pointed out that even if they had bowed in prayer, the Israeli youths should not have been arrested, as Israeli law does not technically prohibit Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount.

For years, Israeli authorities have cowed to Muslim intimidation on the Temple Mount and upheld Muslim demands that Jews and Christian be prevented from making performing any religious expressions at the holy site.

Many Israelis are fed up with the situation, which amounts to religious discrimination and a lack of religious freedom.

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