Judges: Yehuda Glick Will Not Be Compensated for Ban From Temple Mount

District Court overturns lower court decision that state should give the activist 500,000 shekels after he was barred entry to holy site.

Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick.
Emil Salman

The state does not have to compensate Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick for barring him from ascending the mount, a court ruled Thursday.

The Jerusalem District Court thereby granted the state’s appeal against a lower court ruling that had awarded Glick hefty compensation.

About a year ago, Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court Judge Malka Aviv ordered the state to pay Glick 500,000 shekels ($126,000) in compensation for having forbidden him to ascend the Temple Mount. The ban was imposed after a Channel 10 television news broadcast showed him praying on the Mount and instructing others on how to pray. By order of the police, Jews and Christians are not allowed to pray on the Mount

As other Temple Mount activists have done in similar cases, Glick initially filed his suit in a court in the settlement of Kiryat Arba, where Aviv is the only judge, even though it was clear that court had no jurisdiction to hear the case. Aviv, who is considered sympathetic to the right, then transferred the case to her own docket at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, where she also sits.

Aviv accepted Glick’s suit in full and harshly criticized the police’s conduct. But the District Court granted the state’s appeal in full and overturned the compensation award.

“Our conclusion is that the original decision barring the respondent [Glick] from ascending the Temple Mount, even though it was of unlimited duration, does not create liability for damages because it involved no negligence,” the judges wrote.