Ben Gvir says activists should not try to sacrifice goat on Temple Mount before Passover

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir visits the Temple Mount, January 3, 2023. (Minhelet Har Habayit)
National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir visits the Temple Mount, January 3, 2023. (Minhelet Har Habayit)

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir says that activists should not attempt to bring an animal sacrifice on the Temple Mount in the days leading up to Passover.

In an interview on Channel 12 news, Ben Gvir says he does not support such efforts, but he calls on all Jews “to go up to the Temple Mount. The Temple Mount is not just for Arabs… It’s the most important place in the State of Israel.”

Fliers have circulated in recent days calling on activists to attempt to bring a goat onto the Temple Mount for the traditional pre-Passover sacrifice, and promising a financial reward for those who are arrested by police while trying to do so.

Shortly after taking office, Ben Gvir paid a highly criticized visit to the Temple Mount in early January, and has yet to return, despite vowing to continue such visits.

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