Sixteen right-wing activists of a controversial anti-assimilation group were detained in Jerusalem Thursday after holding a march attempting to reach the Temple Mount.
Marking Israel’s Independence Day, dozens of activists marched from the capital’s central Zion Square toward the Temple Mount, a flashpoint site revered as the holiest place in Judaism but sacred to Muslims as well.
Protesters waved signs demanding Jewish sovereignty over the site, which is administrated by the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf endowment, and where Jewish prayer is prohibited.
Police officials informed the protesters that the procession was unauthorized, and demanded their immediate dispersal.
After ignoring the police instructions, 16 of them — including minors — were detained for questioning.
Among those held was Bentzi Gopshtain, leader of the nationalist, anti-assimilation organization Lehava
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