Activists illegally enter Jericho synagogue


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Security forces evacuated right-wing activists from a synagogue in Jericho.

The activists, led by National Union lawmaker Michael Ben Ari, entered the Palestinian-controlled area Sunday to visit the ancient Naaran synagogue in Jericho. Israel’s army prohibits Israelis from entering Palestinian-controlled areas. The activists also attempted to visit the Shalom Al Yisrael in Jericho but were prevented,

The 35 arrested activists were turned over to police for questioning.

Some 60 activists entered the ancient synagogue and hung an Israeli flag from the roof, Ynet reported. The activists broke through an Israeli army checkpoint by force in order to get to Jericho, according to reports.

"The Oslo Accords are dead, we will not agree to the establishment of an enemy state in Israel right under our noses," Ben-Ari said. 

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