Police arrested three female teenagers, aged 14-16, Tuesday, suspected of placing signs in Arabic in Jerusalem’s Old City to tell Muslims to stay away from Haram Al Sherif on Friday, so that Jews could carry out their Passover rituals.
The signs that were hung in the alleyways leading to the Haram Al Sherif read: “To all Muslim residents of Jerusalem... We, representatives of the Jewish people, are asking you to leave [site they call] Temple Mount before March 30, 2018, by 6 a.m., so we could carry out the Jewish commandment of the Passover sacrifice. We thank you for your cooperation with us, the Jewish people.”
The three teenagers were brought for interrogation to the David Sub-District Police Station.
The police said in a statement following the incident it is acting throughout the Old City and the Haram Al Sherif “in order to keep the public order and to keep the situation balanced for the sake of all residents and religions, so the freedom of religion is maintained.
“Police will act with determination and without rest against every person who would try to disturb the local order,” the statement added.
The Return to the Mount Movement, which initiated the signs operation, said it “will do everything in our power to renew the mitzva of the Passover sacrifice, and we are obligated to ask the Muslims to peacefully to evacuate the [Temple] Mount, in order to allow the Jewish people to carry out the sacrifice.”
The statement added even if the Muslims would not meet their request, they will “arrive on Friday to fulfill their rights and duty in the holy place.”
On Monday, hundreds of activists and supporters attended a Passover demonstration at the Jerusalem Archeological Park – Davidson Center, at the southern foot of the Temple Mount.
The fact that the police and the other authorities allowed such event to take place closer to the Temple Mount than in previous years might indicate warming ties between them and the activists.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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