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Chanukah Prayer Service Held at Edge of Temple Mount by ‘ariel’ Group

A 20-minute Chanukah prayer service was held last night on the edge of the Temple Mount in East Jerusalem by seven members of the “Ariel” group which has rejected a Chief Rabbinate ruling that all of the present enclosure of the Moslem Holy Place on the Mount should be considered part of the original Temple grounds. The latter are considered too holy for present day Jews to enter. The chief rabbi of the armed forces, Maj. Gen. Shlomo Goren, is one of the religious authorities who holds that the southwestern part of the compound was not part of the Temple Mount proper. That was the site of the Chanukah service.