Clarification on the 2011 International Religious Freedom Report for Israel and the Occupied Territories

U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.

Allegations reported in the media that the Department of State’s 2011 International Religious Freedom report criticized regulations governing visitation to, and worship at, the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif are a mischaracterization. The report factually describes long-standing policies that govern visits to, and worship at, the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif site. The report does not represent a recommendation to change those policies.

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