Moshe Feiglin on
Detention for Bowing on Temple Mount
As I do on the 19th of every Hebrew month,
this morning I ascended to the Temple Mount. At a certain point, I bowed
down to my G-d at this holy place. I did not do this as a provocation. In
fact, it was only the plain-clothes policeman following me that noticed my
I was detained for questioning and informed the investigator that I would
give him any information that he needed, but that I would not cooperate in
any way with the unfortunate police policy of infringing on the liberties of
those questioned unnecessarily. I told him that I would not post bond, give
fingerprints, be photographed for a mug shot or the like as a condition for
my release. "If you think that I am dangerous to the public or that I will
get away from you in the future, you are welcome to arrest me indefinitely.
If you do not think that this is the case, release me at the end of the
investigation. It is permissible only for the court to rescind an
individual's liberty - not for the police."
Ultimately, I was released with no restrictions. This is an important
victory in the struggle for human rights in Israel. I am not at all
surprised by the fact that this message of liberty for the citizens of
Israel has been heralded by merit of our connection to the Temple Mount and
the site of the Holy Temple. We are all servants of the King of the world,
Whose Divine Presence rests at this place. We are subservient to no one
else, for we already have a King.