Police arrested seven Temple Mount activists over the past few days based on suspicions that they were planning to conduct a Passover sacrifice ceremony on the Temple Mount, in violation of police orders.
Among those arrested was Raphael Morris, the chairman of the Return to the Mount movement. He was taken into custody on Sunday from his home in the West Bank settlement of Ahiya.
In recent years, the police have made arrests before Passover, which this year begins on Monday night, in order to prevent the activists from holding the ceremony at Judaism's holiest site. Right-wing activists have tried to bring goats to the Temple Mount area and sacrifice them. Morris was also arrested last year after he was caught carrying a young goat in Jerusalem's Old City, and spent the first night of Passover in jail.
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