Israel is reportedly planning to continue its traditional policy of barring Jews from entry to the Temple Mount during the last 10 days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Israel already prevents Jews from praying at the Temple Mount – the holiest site in Judaism – and places non-Muslims under tight restrictions when entering the Jerusalem flashpoint. Muslims revere the al-Haram al-Sharif, the third holiest site in Islam.
During the culmination of Ramadan, when Muslims traditionally sleep at the complex, Israel bars all non-Muslims from the Temple Mount.
The far-right national security minister, Itamar Ben Gvir, was reported by the public broadcaster Kan to have fought the imposition of the ban this year. Last year, he and fellow far-right minister, Bezalel Smotrich, accused the left-right coalition government of a “surrender to terror” when it imposed a nine-day ban on non-Muslims entering the Temple Mount.
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