Jerusalem Court rules: Jewish prayer is permitted in the Muslim Quarter

Three young Jewish women decided to appeal to the Jerusalem District Court after they were banned from praying in the Old City’s Muslim Quarter. The police claimed that the Jewish prayer could lead to public disorder, but the court ruled in favor of the worshipers: “Praying is not an offense.”
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The Jerusalem District Court ruled today (Tuesday) that Jewish people are allowed to pray in the Muslim Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem. The decision was reached after an appeal was filed by three young Jewish women who were banned from entering the Old City due to the policy adopted by the police, according to which Jews are forbidden from praying in the Muslim Quarter.

The young women were represented by Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, who appealed against the Magistrates’ Court decision to expel them from the Muslim Quarter. Ben-Gvir claimed that there was no legal basis for their expulsion and that the decision constituted an illegal ban, while the police representative who was present at the hearing claimed that the Jewish prayer could lead to public disorder. The court was not convinced by the police’s arguments, claiming that “the first condition for expulsion is committing an offense but praying is not an offense.”

“Expulsion from an area without any justification is not a legal solution even if the state believes that it could help maintain public order,” the court added. At the end of the hearing, the police asked to delay the implementation of the decision in order to afford them time to appeal to Israel’s Supreme Court.

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