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Arab Protesters Arrested on Temple Mount

Generally police respond to such incitement by removing tourists and closing the site to all visitors.

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Israel Police confront Arab rioters at Dome of the Rock mosque on the Temple Mount, February 2014. (archive)

Israel Police confront Arab rioters at Dome of the Rock mosque on the Temple Mount, February 2014. (archive)
Photo Credit: Sliman Khader / Flash 90

Six Arab protesters were allegedly arrested Tuesday on the Temple Mount in an unusual move in the Old City of Jerusalem after they harassed Jews by chanting slogans at those who were touring the site.

Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told The Jewish Press at midday that all six male youths who were involved in the incident were taken into custody by officers from the David District  “for attempting to disturb visits taking place.” He added that “visits on the Temple Mount are continuing regularly.” No entry restrictions were deemed necessary, he said. 

Generally police respond to such incitement by removing all tourists and closing the site to all visitors except Muslim women of all ages, and Muslim men with Israeli identity cards, age 50 and up. Jews are also arrested for even moving their lips when touring the Temple Mount, in fear they may be “praying” on the site.

Earlier this week two Knesset members announced they plan to propose a bill that for the first time would allow Jews to pray on the Temple Mount, using religious items such as a tallit (prayer shawl), tefillin (phylacteries) and a siddur (prayer book). The lawmakers did not tell Ynet, which published the report,when the draft of the controversial measure would be brought to the floor for a vote.

At present the Muslim Waqf Authority controls the Temple Mount site in tandem with the Jordanian government, under an agreement with the State of Israel. The site is located at the heart of the conflict between the Palestinian Authority and Israel; the PA insists that Israel hand over the Old City and a significant part of its capital city, Jerusalem, so it can create a new Arab country within Israel’s borders, using the Jerusalem piece as the capital for its new state, “Palestine.” Israel is expected to hand over all of its own Jewish holy places as part of that deal.

The Temple Mount, site of the “holy of holies” located within the two ancient Holy Temples in the Jewish faith, is the most sacred place on earth in the Jewish religion.

It is the third holiest site in Islam, and the place on which two mosques are built – the smaller Dome of the Rock, and the large Al Aqsa Mosque, wherein on most Fridays an imam delivers a fiery anti-Israel sermon urging followers to destroy the Jewish State.

Arab governments around the world use the site as an incitement tool with which to inflame passions and rally local Arabs against the state.

Hana Levi Julian

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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  1. Demolish that eye sore and leave as parkland until……..

  2. Demolish that eye sore and leave as parkland until……..

  3. That abomination should be destroyed. That land doesn’t belong to the Arabs!!!

  4. It’s about damn time! Muslims have no place there…

  5. Build the third temple!!! Now!!! What’s the hold up? Absolutely nothing!


  7. Felix Agawin says:


  8. I know that everyone is not going on the mount to pray. But I would pray there until it was cleansed and properly made a place for Jewish worship and gentiles confined outside sacred areas.

  9. Lize Bartsch says:

    Now were talking!!! Show them whos boss!!! Let them go to Mecca, may this monstrosity be torn down!!!

  10. Kent Queipo says:

    Shalom. I feel sorry for both parties. Shalom.

  11. tare it down, that will settle the problem”

  12. Joursalem for Jewish Nation 4 ever !!!

  13. OHH …God …Bless … Isreal …& Joursalem

  14. Thank g-d that someone is watching.

  15. Ronnie Pleet says:

    Looks like we all agree

  16. Ronnie Pleet says:

    Looks like we all agree

  17. Lebah Tebuan says:

    People like you love animals more than human

  18. Such a small mosque! And so much trouble, it is! Why not just leave it, but allow all who believe to worship there? If Hashem chooses to destroy it, the earthquake will surely come!

    In the mean time, all monotheists should realize that Allah is but one who is contained within Hashem.

    The Mount is meaningless, without Hashem being there. And all of the centuries of strife and fighting are not the sort of sacrifice that is pleasing unto Hashem.

    You will not find Hashem there, at this time. When all turn, and greet their long lost brothers as their true brothers, then Hashem will be seen again by all, upon the Holy Mountain.

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