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Report: Police file appeal against controversial Temple Mount court decision

Israeli security forces stand guard as a group of Jews enter the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, during the Tisha B'Av fast mourning the destruction of the ancient temples, on July 18, 2021. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
Israeli security forces stand guard as a group of Jews enter the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, during the Tisha B'Av fast mourning the destruction of the ancient temples, on July 18, 2021. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)

Police have reportedly filed an appeal against a controversial court ruling last night from a juvenile court judge in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court.

The original ruling, which stated that several youth who were detained after praying on the Temple Mount — which violates the status quo on the flashpoint site — should not have been banned for such activity, provoked a wave of criticism, including from Jordan.

According to Channel 12 news, the Israel Police has filed an appeal requesting the ruling be overturned for “erring in drawing conclusions about government policy.” The appeal also claims that Judge Zion Saharay was wrong in ruling that the behavior of the boys in question, namely disturbing a police officer on duty, was not a criminal offense.

A similar decision last year was quickly overturned after police appealed.

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