Israeli police escort a group of Jews on the Temple Mount, June 2, 2019. (AP/Mahmoud Illean) AP/Mahmoud Illean
Israeli police escort a group of Jews on the Temple Mount, June 2, 2019. (AP/Mahmoud Illean)

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Despite the fact that it has always been the Jewish people’s holiest site, prayer by non-Muslims remains banned on the Temple Mount, a rule some brave Israelis are working to change.

Restrictions on the Temple Mount are frustrating for members of non-Islamic faiths, whose visiting times are severely curtailed. Such visitors, including Jewish Israelis, are banned from praying at the site where both Jewish Holy Temples stood for close to 1,000 years.

While the prayer ban is strictly enforced by the Islamic trust that oversees the site, Jewish activists are visiting the Temple Mount and working to change the rules so that members of all faiths can pray there in peace.






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