Ben Shapiro of The Daily Wire has reportedly been kicked off the Temple Mount after it was alleged members of his group were praying at Judaism’s most holy site.
Jews and Christians are forbidden from praying at the Temple Mount, as part of an arrangement set in place since the 1967 Six-Day War, when Israel captured the Old City and East Jerusalem from Jordan.
Ben Shapiro visited the Temple Mount this morning.
During his visit, his group was prevented from continuing their visit by the Israeli police after Arabs shouted 'Allahu Akbar' provocatively at the group, and in response they began to sing Sukkoy holiday songs.@benshapiro pic.twitter.com/Ixh0t3MoUe
— סטודנטים למען הר הבית (@templemountstud) October 20, 2019
According to witnesses, the Waqf, local Muslims who act as religious custodians of the site, reported one of the members of the group to police after he was seen prostrate in prayer. The police reportedly detained the man and escorted Shapiro’s group from the site.
As they were leaving, Muslims standing by began shouting, “Allahu Akbar” at Shapiro’s group, who responded by singing Jewish songs. Police then released the man and Shapiro’s group moved on.
In August, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who oversees police responsibility for security at the Temple Mount said the existing arrangement needs to change.
“I think there is an injustice in the status quo that has existed since ’67. We need to work to change it so the future Jews, with the help of God, can pray at the Temple Mount.
“This needs to be achieved by diplomatic agreements and not by force,” he added.