The Supreme Court backed a police decision to continue to restrict the use of metal detectors at Har Habayis to Jews and non-Muslims while letting Muslims enter unchecked.
The right-wing Otzma Yehudit group argued that the police discriminated against Jews by removing all metal detectors placed at entrances to Har Habayis after the murder of two police officers except those at the Mughrabi Gate used by Jews and foreigners. Furthermore, Muslims were historically involved in terror attacks on Har Habayis and not Jews.
Supreme Court President Esther Chayut countered that she was satisfied with the police’s justification of the situation. Furthermore, she said, Jews have the right to enter even if they need to undergo more scrutiny to do so.