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January 26, 2015 / 6 Shevat, 5775
 
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Arab Violence Closes Temple Mount to Visitors Again

Tens of thousands of Jews were gathered at the Western Wall plaza for the traditional priestly blessing from Jerusalem.
Arab rioters hurl objects at security personnel from inside the Al Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount.

Arab rioters hurl objects at security personnel from inside the Al Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount.
Photo Credit: Sliman Khader / Flash 90

Israel Police closed access to the Temple Mount to Jews and other non-Muslims on Thursday due to Arab violence a day earlier, and a resulting threat to safety that might follow.

This, on the day that tens of thousands of Jews gathered below at the Western Wall plaza in the Old City of Jerusalem for the traditional Birkat Kohanimthe priestly blessing from Jerusalem. The benediction is pronounced during the morning service on the festivals of Passover and Sukkot.

The decision to close the site was made by security personnel following Arab violence at the Temple Mount on Wednesday. One police officer was wounded, as were 24 others. One of the wounded was listed in serious condition, and 15 sustained moderate injuries.

Nearly 100 young Arab rioters clashed with police in fierce battles at the holy site, hurling large rocks they have stockpiled in large caches at the Al Aqsa Mosque, where they barricaded themselves for protection.

The rioters also hurled firecrackers at the police from inside the Islamic house of worship, as security personnel used stun grenades and tear gas to force the mob further into the mosque.

The Arab strategy – designed to prevent Jews from ascending to the Temple Mount for any length of time — is very smart, taking advantage of the Israeli government policy of not allowing police to enter the mosque. The site itself is administered by the Islamic Waqf Authority; at this point, Israel has essentially ceded control to Arab Muslim officials.

Six Arab youths were reportedly arrested during the night and early Thursday morning in connection with the disturbances.

Ultimately, Israeli security officials told Channel 2 news on Wednesday they will have to force their way into the mosque to take away the caches of stone weapons, which are just as lethal as any bullet when properly aimed and hurled.

It is important to realize that the huge piles of rocks and slabs of stone with which the young terrorists are attacking Israeli security personnel, tourists and other visitors to the site, are being stockpiled with the  knowledge and consent of the Islamic clerics in charge of the mosque. Those clerics — and their actions — are fully backed and supported by the Arab leaders in the region, including King Abdullah II, the Hashemite monarch of Jordan.

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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25 Responses to “Arab Violence Closes Temple Mount to Visitors Again”

  1. Gene Strong says:

    Remove all Muslims from.Jerusalem.

  2. Jean Perles says:

    PA, all the terrorists guaranteed ….. talk to them ..,
    Waste

  3. Time to liberate Har H’Bayit from the enemy & remove that ugly gold domed monstrosity defiling our holiest site.

  4. So very sad. Praying for peace & compassion.

  5. Yori Mendel says:

    Close it to the Hate Religious Arabs especially.

  6. How about they just close it to everyone until all parties can use the site without causing trouble.

  7. Throw Hamas out of the temple.

  8. Closed them permanently

  9. Block the Arab’s from certain areas of the Temple Mount.

  10. Close it off to Muslims since they are making the trouble !!!!!

  11. Betty Bryant says:

    LORD ‘ ‘remove those people an let —FREEDOM —–ring

  12. Yeah, Arab violence!!! They don’t even respect their own temple! This is a crazy ppl! Walk away from these devils! They serve Satan, I wonder how Satan likes his temple sitting up in the holy land and his minions running around causing strife and death where ever they go! World wake up! These ppl are devils and do his bidding!

  13. Great job on this story Hana

  14. sad. i’m wonder???. what our god is thinking right now. the bad thing is happening to his land and his choosen peoples. UP THERE IN HIS HEAVENLY HOME. ALL THE MESS THAT THE WORLD IS MAKING..????

  15. wrong,wrong,wrong!

  16. WE keep in mind only that we arent ruled by anti-semites such as yourself. We will take control of all our holy sites and ignore haters like you.

  17. Capitulating always works, right?

  18. =
    IF that is the multiculturalism that democracy pride itself with,
    then no wonder democracy shout against apartheid.
    It clearly appear the issue is less political & more mental .
    Unfortunately the medication is not included in the healthcare coverage.

  19. AC Stubbs says:

    Sad

  20. Gary Harper says:

    While the Israeli police may not be allowed to enter the mosque, this does not necessarily preclude the entrance of stun grenades, tear gas, and rubber bullets. One reaps what one sows. If the radical Islamists want to treat the Temple Mount as a battleground, they should be rewarded according to their own beliefs.

  21. Ted Sones says:

    The Temple sight is no more holier to the Muslim when his actions are nothing but extreme violence. The mosque is just a fortress for the Muslim to carry out his devious plans and deeds to be one step closer in Jerusalem. police should go in the Mosque since they have broken all agreements.The endless battle will go on unless this prevention is taken.

  22. Larry H. Gentry says:

    Israelis are visitors? No! Neither are Christians. Arabs are the visitors. The mosque is a temporary structure on Israeli property. Police should definitely be allowed to enter the mosque when terrorists are endangering others and the perpetrators should be arrested and severely punished according to their crimes.

  23. Yechiel Baum says:

    since moslems do not know how to behave, they should be forbidden to go to the temple mount!

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