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Court bars two Wakf officials from Temple Mount for two months

Jerusalem Post, Israel
Aug. 25, 2003
ETGAR LEFKOVITS • Friday August 29, 2003

Wakf officials Rashid Fayez and Nihad Zriar were ordered Tuesday by the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court to stay away from the holy site for the next two months.

Fayez and Zriar, released on NIS 5,000 bail, are two of three Wakf (Muslim Religious Trust) officials arrested by police for trying to block non-Muslims from entering the Temple Mount.

A third official, a member of the Supreme Islamic Council, was let off with a warning.

The three were arrested late Monday on suspicion of incitement against Jewish visits to the compound, and for participating in a scuffle with police that morning. They were among a group of 15 Arabs who tried to prevent Jewish visitors from entering the site, Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said.

After police intervention, the Jewish visitors were allowed to enter the site, but that day’s afternoon visiting hour was canceled.

The fracas marked the first major Muslim-Jewish confrontation at the Temple Mount since non-Muslim visits were resumed last Wednesday.

Meanwhile, National Union MK Eliezer Cohen and Likud MK Gilad Erdan were among the latest parliamentarians to make low-key visits to the Temple Mount on Tuesday morning.

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