Jun 30, 2022
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Knesset Member Itamar Ben Gvir filed an appeal with the High Court to cancel the protocol of MKs entering the Temple Mount.

According to the current status quo of the Knesset officer, an MK that wants to go onto the Temple Mount needs to notify the Knesset officer 24 hours in advance and then get approval from Jerusalem’s chief of police.

Ben Gvir is charging that the protocol is illegal because the Knesset officer doesn’t have the jurisdiction to inhibit the immunity and freedom of movement of Knesset Members.

The appeal also states that the law of immunity allows limitations on immunity only in cases of state security and not for matters of public order and that the only ones permitted to determine limits based on security threats are the Defense Ministry and the Prime Minister after consulting with the Shabak (GSS) and not with the Knesset officer and police.

In March, Israel365 News reported that despite threats of increased terror attacks, MK Itamar Ben Gvir visited the Temple Mount anyway. The nationalist lawmaker was called a “pyromaniac” by the Joint List, a party that consists primarily of Arabs and has often been accused of placing enemy interests over Israel’s.