Temple Mount complex reopened to Jews for the first time in 20 days. Jews were banned from visiting the Temple Mount due to Muslim unrest in Jerusalem. A group of 20 Jewish visitors was allowed on May 23 mornings into the compound, Times of Israel reported.
(A view into the Temple Mount compound amid clashes between Muslims and Israeli security forces, May 10, 2021 (Ahmad Gharabli / AFP)
The Temple Mount is the holiest place in Judaism, as the site of the biblical Temples. It is the site of the third-holiest shrine in Islam, the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Israel captured the Temple Mount and Jerusalem’s Old City in the 1967 Six-Day War and extended sovereignty throughout Jerusalem. However, it allowed the Jordanian Waqf to continue to maintain religious authority atop the mount, where Jews are allowed to visit under numerous restrictions.