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19 Tevet 5773
(Jan. 1, '13)
Jerusalem Post: Feiglin Detained for 3rd Time at Temple Mount
By Melanie Lidman, Gil Hoffman
Police detained Likud candidate Moshe Feiglin for attempting to
pray out loud at the Temple Mount on Tuesday morning, the third time this
year the activist has been detained on the Temple Mount for similar
According to police spokesman Shmuel Ben Ruby, Feiglin, who is 23rd on the
joint Likud-Beytenu list, prostrated himself in the plaza and tried to pray
out loud. Praying out loud, going through ritual motions, or using any type
of traditional prayer objects such as tefillin, tallitot, or prayer books,
are forbidden for Jews at Judaism's holiest site due to tensions with
Muslims worshipers at the Aksa Mosque.
Feiglin wrote on his Facebook page that he goes to the Temple Mount on the
19th of every Jewish month and that he bothered no one other than the
undercover policeman who followed him and had him arrested. He said he
refused to post bond, give fingerprints or take a mugshot as conditions for
his release, and the police ultimately agreed.
"When I was questioned, I said I would provide any information requested,
but I would not cooperate in any way with the police's unfortunate policy of
harming the liberties of those questioned unnecessarily," Feiglin wrote.
"This was a big victory in the battle for human rights in Israel. It did not
surprise me that our right to the Temple Mount led to the good news about
the liberties of Israeli citizens. We all serve the King of the World whose
Divine spirit dwells here. We are not beholden, because we already have a
King." Feiglin confirmed that the Likud had asked him to lay low and avoid
interviews ahead of the election. He said he accepted the request, because
his message was different than the messages his party was trying to put
According to Jewish law, the Temple Mount is the only place where Jews can
prostrate themselves. Anywhere else, prostration is considered idol worship.
However, on the Temple Mount, prostration is symbolic of modesty and total
devotion to God, based on the reaction Moses had when God spoke to him that
he "fell down on his face," explained Yehuda Glick, the director of the
Temple Mount Foundation.
Feiglin's detention did not require police to close the Temple Mount to
visitors, and the rest of the day proceeded without incident.
Police have arrested Feiglin a number of times for attempting to pray on the
Temple Mount. The last time Feiglin was arrested was October 2.
Police arrested a total of five people in the incident: Feiglin and another
Jewish worshiper, as well as three Muslim worshippers, who surrounded
Feiglin's group and started yelling "Allahu Akbar!" One of the Arabs was
carrying a concealed knife, which is illegal on the Temple Mount.
In the October incident, Feiglin refused to sign the police restraining
order prohibiting him from visiting the Temple Mount and was brought for a
hearing at the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court.
The judge released him without any conditions.
Feiglin ascends to the Temple Mount on the 19th of every Hebrew month.
Tuesday was the 19th of Tevet according to the Jewish calendar.
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