Police make Temple Mount decisions, court says


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Supreme Court rejected a request to allow Jews to visit the Temple Mount.

The Temple Mount Human Rights organization had filed a request asking the court to order police to open the site to Jews on Friday and Saturday.

In its decision released Thursday, the court said that police had to make the final decision.

Meanwhile, Jerusalem police said Thursday that they would limit entrance to the Temple Mount for Friday prayer services to Muslim men with an Israeli ID card or over the age of 50. Women will not be restricted. Police will have a large presence there and be on high alert in the Old City and eastern Jerusalem.

Also Thursday, police arrested a young Palestinian near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron after discovering he was carrying a knife with a 3-inch blade.

Meanwhile, Palestinians on Thursday evening threw three firebombs at Israeli cars traveling near Ramallah in the West Bank, and rocks at Israeli cars near Ramallah and Nablus.

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