Israeli Arrested for anti-Muslim Pig Photo on Facebook

Activist Haim Brosh may have 'offended religion,' the police say. He has been released and ordered to stay away from the Temple Mount for 15 days.

Temple Mount activist Haim Brosh's doctored photo of a pig on the Temple Mount, December 2016.
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The police have arrested a right-wing activist who posted on Facebook a doctored photo of a pig on the Temple Mount, saying the student leader may have breached Israel’s rules on “offending religion.”

“The Israeli government lets live pigs rule the place holiest to the Jewish people, and everyone’s upset about a pig’s head at a tzaddik’s grave in anti-Semitic Europe?” activist Haim Brosh wrote, referring to a Jewish holy man.

He was complaining about the Muslim religious trust responsible for Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, which Muslims know as the Noble Sanctuary.

Brosh, a leader of Students for the Temple Mount, wrote the post in response to reports about the desecration of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov’s grave in Ukraine. Brosh was taken in for questioning Wednesday evening and released several hours later, under orders to stay away from the Mount for 15 days.

The post has been deleted from Brosh’s Facebook profile, but it is still on other users’ profiles after it was shared by friends.

“We’ve got thought police who are trying to intimidate us and stifle free expression in this country,” Brosh said after his release.

Attorney Itamar Ban-Gvir, who is representing Brosh, said he planned to appeal the injunction keeping his client away from the Temple Mount. “The police continue to act as if we’re living in Iran or Syria, not a democratic country,” Ban-Gvir said.