Feiglin to be indicted?
Likud Knesset candidate Moshe Feiglin may be indicted for praying to the God of Israel
while he on the Temple Mount on Tuesday.
Police detained Likud candidate Moshe Feiglin for attempting to pray aloud at
the Temple Mount on Tuesday morning, the third time in the past year the
activist has been detained on the site for similar offenses.
considering whether to serve Feiglin with an indictment for disorderly conduct
and hindering a police officer from fulfilling his duties. Feiglin declined to
comment about the prospective indictment.
An indictment would not bar
Feiglin from running for Knesset. He would not have to quit the Knesset unless
he is convicted and the charges against him are found to bear moral turpitude.
If Feiglin is convicted and sentenced to at least three months in jail, he
cannot be an MK for seven years unless the court rules that the charges do not
bear moral turpitude.
According to police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby,
Feiglin, who is No. 23 on the joint Likud Beytenu list, prostrated himself in
the plaza and tried to pray out loud. Praying aloud, going through ritual
motions or using any type of traditional prayer objects such as tefillin,
tallitot or prayer books, are forbidden for Jews at Judaism’s holiest site due
to tensions with Muslim worshipers at the Aksa Mosque.
Feiglin wrote on
his Facebook page that he goes to the Temple Mount on the 19th of every Jewish
month and that he bothered no one other than the undercover policeman who
followed him and had him arrested. He said he refused to post bond, give
fingerprints or take a mug shot as conditions for his release, and the police
“When I was questioned, I said I would provide any information requested, but I
would not cooperate in any way with the police’s unfortunate policy of harming
the liberties of those questioned unnecessarily,” Feiglin wrote. “This was a big
victory in the battle for human rights in Israel. It did not surprise me that
our right to the Temple Mount led to the good news about the liberties of
“We all serve the king of the world whose divine
spirit dwells here. We are not beholden, because we already have a
Feiglin confirmed that the Likud had asked him to lay low and
avoid interviews ahead of the election. He said he accepted the request, because
his message was different than the messages his party was trying to put
“It is ironic that I’m in the headlines anyway today, but
apparently the director of the show had his own plans,” Feiglin
As I've told you many times, I do not ascend the Temple Mount because my rabbis do not allow it until Messiah comes. But this is absurd. We should never have allowed the Wakf to control the Temple Mount, and we should long since have accepted a week or two of riots and taken control of the Mount back, just like we did with the Western Wall Tunnels in 1997 (which has long since been forgotten). We won't bar them, but they think they can bar us? How absurd....
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