Police Ban Islamic Officials From Entering Har HaBayis

RAMALLAH (AP) -
Shaar Rachamim, also called the Golden Gate. (Keren Freeman/FLASH90)

Israeli police have banned several Islamic officials appointed by Jordan from entering Har HaBayis following clashes between Palestinians and Israeli authorities in recent weeks.

Abdel Azem Salhab, the highest-ranking official in the Wakf, the Jordanian-run council overseeing the site, said that police handed him and two other Palestinian officials the order on Sunday.

Salhab said police informed him the ban was because of his role in forcing open a gate that has been closed by Israeli court order since 2003.

Jordan’s Religious Affairs Minister Abdel Nasser Abu Albasal condemned the Israeli decision as “a new escalation” meant to disrupt the council’s work.