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July 3, 2016 5:51 pm

Jerusalem Judge Rules: Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ at Non-Muslims on Temple Mount Constitutes Illegal Disturbance of Peace

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The Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Photo: Wikipedia.

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Photo: Wikipedia.

Shouting “Allahu akbar” – Arabic for “God is great” — at Jews on the Temple Mount is illegal and constitutes a disturbance of the peace, a Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court judge ruled, the Hebrew news site nrg reported on Sunday.

“Past experience in Israel has taught us that the commonly used chant for something other than prayer often accompanies riots and sometimes leads to physical violence and terrorism,” the judge said.

The ruling was about a five-year-old case involving Sahar Ghazzawi, an Arab who was detained by police after he yelled “Allahu akbar” at a group of Jews on the holy site. As he was being escorted away from the area, he began to flail his arms and resist, pushing a policeman to the ground and breaking his walkie-talkie. Ghazzawi was then indicted for interfering with the duty of a policeman.

In his defense, Ghazzawi claimed that he had not disturbed the peace, but was merely making religious utterances at the holy site as part of his ritual behavior. He also claimed that the reason he pushed the police officer was because the latter refused to let him go to the bathroom.

According to witness testimony at the hearing, Ghazzawi had not been saying “Allahu akbar” while praying, but rather as a form of intimidation against Jews visiting the site. In addition, during cross-examination, it emerged that Gazawi regularly visited the Temple Mount – but skirted the question of whether his trips there were sponsored by the Islamist group “Amrat al Aqsa,” which pays activists to harass non-Muslims on the site.

The judge ruled that chanting “Allahu akbar during prayer, at a site of prayer and in the spot in the prayer [book] where it is called for does not constitute a breach of the peace, but a fundamental right. However, when those calls are used as a form of demonstration or protest, or as a way of creating a riot or unrest, they do not constitute prayers and are therefore a clear disturbance of the peace.” This, he said, is particularly true of the politically charged and sensitive Temple Mount, which is at the center of controversy and conflict between peoples and religions. And any attempt to inflame the atmosphere can be considered a provocation.

In the verdict against Ghazzawi, the judge highlighted the fact that Muslims have more rights on the Temple Mount than members of other religions. “All he had to do, then, was exercise those basic rights without hurting the lesser rights of other faiths. But he chose not to do so.”

The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam. It is where the Al Aqsa Mosque is situated, a place that is used by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to incite violence against non-Muslims, particularly Israeli Jews, who are often accused of trying to storm the Muslim house of prayer.

In September 2015, the beginning of the surge in terrorism that has rocked Israel ever since, PA President Mahmoud Abbas declared: “The Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is ours… and they [the Jews] have no right to defile it with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem.”

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  • Michael Jacobs

    No sir. Allahu akbar does NOT translate as ‘God is great’. Rather, it means ‘Allah is [the] greatest’. That’s why this Islamic slogan, precisely when shouted at non-Muslims in order to intimidate or provoke them, is perceived as a threat.

  • 5 years?

    Israel is indeed crazy because how many Jews have been killed by the Arabs in the 5 years before this case was ruled on.

    Being civilized dealing with Jews and Israel haters who have been indoctrinated since birth is a losing proposition because they have no respect, let alone fear of Israel.

    Ariel Sharon had the right idea with Unit 101.

    Reading Ghost Warriors now only convinces me that once 300 Arab buses filled with their people gets blown up at the same time will their leaders start thinking twice about killing our women and children.

  • Himblar Marak

    Muslims are deliberately freezing the historical facts and are now getting difficult to undo the wrong information already spread among the Muslim world. Soon they will know more and see the truth as recorded in the Bible. Untill then it’s their rhetoric to say as much as they can.


    REVELATION 16 : 15. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
    16. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
    17. And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
    18. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great EARTHQUAKE such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an EARTHQUAKE , and so great.
    19. And the great CITY WAS DIVIDED into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

    AMEN !!

    • Barry Appleby

      I take great exception to Christians trying to promote their
      religion on a Jewish site. The Book of Revelation is clearly the work of a single individual who suffered from mental illness. These ravings have no relevance to any discussion about the Temple Mount which is of no concern to Christians who should not give way to the temptation to be quoting from their scriptures to Jews who have no interest in or desire to abandon the faith of our forebears in favor of any other religion.

  • Michael

    I hope this applies to other religious groups harassing people. For example ultra orthodox Jews spitting at Greek Orthodox bishops doing their Easter rituals and calling them Nazis .

  • Michael Frager

    Shame on any Jewish person who says they should destroy any of the Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem. God is everywhere, not just inside some stones. Respect for our fellow men and women is more important than any temple.

  • nat cheiman

    Good decision. The next step is to demolish the mosque

  • Paul Winter

    A couple of corrections Ruthie.

    Allahu Akbar is not Allah – the mohammedan God – is great, but Allah is greater i.e. greater than the God worshipped by Jews and Christians.

    The Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest site, it is not – repeat NOT – the third holiest place in Islam. The al Aqsa (the furthest) mosque was claimed by the seventh century conqueror of Jerusalem without access to Mecca and wanting a slice of the pilgrim trade,to be the site to which Mohammed dreamed he had been transported by a magical beastie and from there visited heaven and spoke to God and the prophets. The actual location of the mosque is not mentioned in the Koran or in the hadiths. The holiness of al Aksa is a political dream come true. We need to wake ourselves and mohammedans to the fact that al Aksa and the Dome of the Rock are mohammedan settlements on Judaism’s holiest site.

    • Paul Winter writes: “Allahu Akbar is not Allah – the mohammedan God – is great, but Allah is greater i.e. greater than the God worshipped by Jews and Christians.”


      And it is both a declaration of submission and a call for advancing the submission of others.

      It basically says: We (Muslims) switch off our volitional lights. And we seek to now punch out your (Kafir) lights.

    • ijo

      Thank you for addressing this issue to those who have not cared to read the Quran or the history of Islam.

    • Himblar Marak

      Can you tell me as to which book records the actual events and incidences and which book is simply the copy or narration of that which had taken place before. If allah is God why did he not make his own revelation rather than borrowing from what had actually taken place among the Jews? Where was he when the Jews Prophets received the revelation? where were the Arabs then? If allah is God why did he make friendship with the Jews first by making revelations and promising lots of things about the present and the future and then turned his back and creates deadly enmity between muslims, the Jews and the Christians? If this is so, then he is the betrayal only to let the world killed by Muslims.

  • On the holiest site of Judaism and the (only) third holiest site for Muslims, it’s the Muslims who have the most/principal rights!

    Jews are only being ‘tolerated under heavy armed protection.

    Something is seriously wrong there and in urgent need of change!

  • Sidney Sands

    The decision that Moshe Dayan and others to give away control of the Temple mount, has now proven to be a massive mistake, Israel should have kept control, the Muslims would have always been able to pray there, but not to do what they are now doing, using it for another lie, which the world as usual want to believe.

  • The Romans destroyed the Temple; The Dome placed at a holy site. It was a Jew who pointed out the location of the furthest mosque, and a flying horse that brought Muhammed there after his death.
    I am a regular Jew, and have a hard time believing in the Christian myth, but flying horse is too far of a stretch for me to absorb.
    Time for “The Rock” to go. It has been a bone of contention for all these years, and if dismantled, it could not be worse than the original destruction of The Temple. People will have no choice but to accept history.
    It is now time to fully reclaim our heritage.
    Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel and the center of Judaism. It is our birthright. We can never forget this. We must take decisive action to rebuild what we have always had. Anybody who denies this is to be damned.

    • Leonard: You are so crazy and blind to the consequences of your demands that you should be censored.


      Leonard – the flying horse aspect was a purported dream sequence … it is not real, and should not be considered as such.

  • stevenl

    The T. M. should be closed to all. It is a site used by Islamists to promote racism and antisemitism.

  • Linda Rivera

    The Temple Mount is the Holiest Place on Earth and the Jews Most Sacred Site.

    Muslims show their RABID HATE for God by DESECRATING the HOLY place with VIOLENCE, Rioting and Throwing Rocks at Jews and Having Picnics and Playing Soccer on the HOLY Temple Mount.


    “palestinians” don’t want you to see this video

  • Linda Rivera

    Arabs first started calling themselves “Palestinians” in 1967. Global terrorist, Egyptian Arafat was the first leader of this new people.

    Partner with Arafat for over 40 years; immorally respected by the US/EU-Holocaust denier, TERRORIST Abbas, financed the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games.

    Before 1948, Jews were known as the Palestinians.
    The Jewish newspaper, the Jerusalem Post was called the Palestine Post. The Jewish-founded electric company was Palestine Electric.

    The Palestinian Symphony Orchestra was all Jewish. During World War II, the British army had a Palestinian Brigade made up entirely of Jewish volunteers.

    After Jews migrated to Palestine in significant numbers in the late 1800s and miraculously transformed desert and swamps into rich, agricultural land, Arabs came in large numbers from Arab countries for jobs from the Jews.

    The fact that the overwhelming majority of Arabs resided only briefly in Palestine is attested to by a one-time special UN decree:

    That any Arab who had resided in Palestine for only two years before 1948, and then left, would be considered a refugee and so would his descendants!

    Throughout history, people were never regarded as refugees if they had resided in a country for only two years because they were clearly citizens of other countries!

  • Linda Rivera

    FILTHY LIE: the WICKED judge highlighted the fact that Muslims have more rights on the Temple Mount than members of other religions.

    Who will dare to LIE and OPPOSE the Holy One who gave Israel to Jews as an everlasting possession thousands of years ago and before the Military Cult of Islam was invented?

    Throughout history Muslims always sought to either DESECRATE and DESTROY the Top HOLIEST places of Jews and Christians or DESECRATE them and Declare that the Sacred Jewish/Christian Place is ISLAMIC and Build a Victory Mosque on that site.

    The Muslim claim that the Temple Mount is their Third Holy Place is a LIE.

    In all of history, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount was Never a Holy Place for Muslims:

    13th Century Arab biographer Yakut noted: “Mecca is holy to Muslims; Jerusalem is holy to the Jews.”

    The conquest of Jerusalem and all Israel is a major goal of global jihad.

    The PLO’s Palestinian National Covenant of 1964, does not mention Jerusalem even once.

    Jerusalem is mentioned hundreds of times in the Bible. Not once in the Quran. At the time of Mohammad’s death, there was not a single mosque in Jerusalem.

    From 1948-1967, when Jordan invaded and illegally occupied Judea, Samaria and east Jerusalem, Jordanian radio broadcast Friday prayers not from Al-Aqsa Mosque, but from a mosque in Amman, Jordan.

    No foreign Arab leader visited Jerusalem during the nineteen years Jordan controlled east Jerusalem.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    זהו פסק דין מזמן. זה סופי מדגיש את העובדה שאינם למוסלמים יש זכות להופיע על הר הבית לצד מוסלמים ללא שיחה השם ליזום מהומות ובלגן בעת ובעונה אחת .

  • Am Yisroel Chai! From the Nile to the Euphrates

    Am Yisroel Chai! From the Nile to the Euphrates

  • Stein

    Thank God.

    Obviously, Islamists are illegally harassing Jews who ascend Mount Zion, the Temple Mount.

    I am glad, the High Court gave a clear ruling.

    Islamists are criminals against both Jews and Muslims – and any others.

  • brenrod

    Finally, a ruling which is against the serial muslim anti semitic abuse of Jews at the Jews Holiest site.

    “Past experience in Israel has taught us that the commonly used chant for something other than prayer often accompanies riots and sometimes leads to physical violence and terrorism,” the judge said.

    Libels of Jews in the middle ages and libels of Israel today ALSO lead to physical violence and terror against Jews… in the past it always preceded pogrom and murder. Its time that anti semitism in the Jewish homeland were completely banished and severely punished with muslim anti semitism being the most barbaric.

  • David Peters

    Allahu Akbar is not ‘God is Great’, but rather ‘Allah is Greater” than …
    There is a specific word for g-d in Arabic, Allah is the name of g-d, derived from Allat, the moon goddess of the pagan Arabs.