The head of the Temple Institute, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel was detained by Israel Police for questioning on Har Habayis on Thursday morning, 6 Cheshvan 5776. Yehuda Glick was detained along with the rav.
According to an eyewitness report quoted by Kol Yehudi, the rav was detained as he was leaving the holy site, dragged on the ground by police.
Yehuda Glick explains that he led a group and the event ended without incident, following which he went to the Kosel. He then received notification that another group was waiting. When he arrived at the gate to enter Har Habayis he was detained by police, who told him he was being held because he disturbed the peace. “This was the first time I was detained and I haven’t a clue why” he added.
It appears Rabbi Yisrael Ariel’s crime was that he gave a dvar Torah on Har Habayis.
It must be noted that according to the Poskei Hador one is absolutely forbidden to visit the Temple Mount, and there is an Issur Kares for one that goes there.
Four years ago on Sukkos, Israeli President Shimon Peres paid a visit to the Sukkah of Maran Hagon Rav Elyashiv ZATZAL, where Rav Elyashiv called on the President to prevent Jews from visiting Har HaBayis, stating it is an act that that is viewed as extremely provocative by the goyim. Maran stated everything possible must be done to avoid a religious war, and the provocateurs are playing with fire.
Maran is quoted as explaining to the president that Halacha forbids going onto Har HaBayis but today, it is more than this, it is an act that may lead to a religious war and bloodshed.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)