JERUSALEM – Israeli police say they detained four suspects involved in an attempt to smuggle two goats to Jerusalem's most sensitive sacred place for a ritual sacrifice.
Police said on Thursday that two Jewish minors were intending to "cause provocations" by sacrificing the goats before Easter. Two journalists who planned to film the ritual were also detained.
The police say that such incidents occur every year as jealousy challenges long-standing constraints by trying to make victims on the spot where biblical temples once stood. In ancient times the animals were sacrificed at the temple at Easter.
The landmark, known to Jews as the temple and Muslims as the noble reserve, is considered the sacred place in Judaism and third-party ruler in Islam. The competing demands lie at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.