High court forbids Passover sacrifice next to Temple Mount

The High Court of Justice upholds a police decision to bar a group of Temple Mount activists from carrying out a ritual slaughter of a sacrificial animal adjacent to the Jerusalem holy site during the upcoming Passover holiday.

Each year during the Jewish holiday, a group called the Temple Mount Institute hold a ritual slaughter of a sheep or goat at various places in Jerusalem with permission from police.

The group this year requested to hold the religious ceremony at Davidson Park, an archaeological site adjacent to the West Wall and Temple Mount complex.

Garbed in white and sounding silver trumpets, priests-in-training prepare for a practice Passover sacrifice. (Courtesy of The Temple Institute)
Garbed in white and sounding silver trumpets, priests-in-training prepare for a practice Passover sacrifice. (Courtesy of The Temple Institute)

Jerusalem police chief Yoram Halevi on Thursday denied the request, citing the close proximity to the flashpoint holy site.

The Temple Mount Faithful appealed the decision to the High Court, but justices today tell the group Halevi’s decision is binding, and call the precaution “appropriate.”

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