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Jewish-Muslim Altercation Leads to Temple Mount Shutdown

Israeli police prevent Jews from entering the site of the very Temple the Maccabees purified and re-opened more than 2,000 years ago.
The line outside Temple Mount Sunday morning. Eventually, 36 Jews were blocked from entering on Hanukkah, the day the Temple was retaken from the enemies.

The line outside Temple Mount Sunday morning. Eventually, 36 Jews were blocked from entering on Hanukkah, the day the Temple was retaken from the enemies.
Photo Credit: Isaac Lampert / Tazpit News Agency

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem was closed to visitors on Sunday, after a fight had reportedly broken out between Jewish visitors and Muslim worshipers.

According to JTA, citing Israeli media, Jews visiting the site Sunday morning reportedly began singing Hanukkah songs and praying. In response a group of Muslim worshipers attacked them.

But the Tazpit News Agency reported that three groups of foreign tourists were permitted to enter the temple Mount compound, while 36 Jews were stopped at the entrance. And another group of some 300 tourists were stopped as well.

Isaac Lampert, a reporter for Tazpit, who is getting married tonight, was in line waiting to enter the Temple Mount and was among the Jews police were blocking. Lampert commented that it was a shame to have Israeli police prevent Jews from entering the site of the very Temple the Maccabees purified and re-opened more than 2,000 years ago.

Two Jews and two Muslims were arrested at the site Sunday.

Jews generally are not permitted to pray or bring any ritual objects to the Temple Mount, which is considered Judaism’s holiest site, in order to avoid confrontation with Muslim worshipers at the Al-Aksa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site. The site is overseen by the Muslim Wakf, the Muslim religious administration charged with managing the Temple Mount site.

The Temple Mount was closed to non-Muslim visitors during this year’s Sukkot holiday over fears that Muslims would be incited to violence by the crowds.

Days later on Oct. 14, the Temple Mount was shut down to visitors after police removed 10 Jewish men for praying and singing. The men were detained after praying and bowing on the Temple Mount, then singing “Hatikvah,” the Israeli national anthem, waving an Israeli flag and dancing.

About an hour before the incident, police detained three other Jewish men for questioning after they prayed and bowed during a tour of the Temple Mount.

 

Both JTA and Tazpit contributed to this report.

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18 Responses to “Jewish-Muslim Altercation Leads to Temple Mount Shutdown”

  1. Where in the Koran is Jerusalem mentioned? Why do they have control of our temple site?

  2. Quetta Bird says:

    Isa 45:3..Father, You are the God of Israel, and they are Your people.
    Isa 45:4..You named them, though they did not know You.
    Isa 45:17..Save them with an everlasting salvation.
    Isa 45:13..Raise them up in righteousness, and direct all their ways.
    Ps 25:22..Redeem Israel out of all of their troubles.
    Joel 3:16..Be a shelter for Your people,
    Joel 3:16..and the strength of the children of Israel.
    Jer 33:9..Bring health and healing to them and to their land
    Joel 2:25..Restore everything that has been removed from them.
    Prov 16:7..Make their enemies to be at peace with them
    Joel 2:19..and no longer let them be a reproach among the nations.
    Eze 34:12..Seek out Your sheep and deliver them
    Ps 122:6..I pray for the peace of Jerusalem,
    Ps 122:6..may they prosper that love You.
    Eze 34:25..Lord, cause their enemies to cease from the land

  3. Sue Leon says:

    I am putting The Jewish Press in my newsfeed Sheryl Hussein Ginsberg

  4. Quetta…don’t see anything in those quotes about Muslims and Jerusalem. I’m confused…

  5. Quetta Bird says:

    Israel and her people belong to God… that’s it… no sneaky or hidden message. We should all be praying for Israel and her people.

  6. To whom does the Temple Mount belong?

  7. Anonymous says:

    The Temple Mount wasn't shut down. It was shut down to Jews. Moslems were still allowed admission. This is bigotry of the worst kind. The Temple Mount has belonged to the Jews since the beginning of civilization. It needs to be reclaimed.

  8. Cody Flecker says:

    Israel capitulated as usual. What a pity that these Israelis are in charge of their own country, but allow the Muslims free reign to rule over it. Anyone who donates money or supports Israel must be truly insane.

  9. Yechiel Baum says:

    equally, shut it down for the Moslems too!

  10. ISRAEL GOVERNMENT AND POLICE:

    WHEREVER THERE IS CONFLICT BETWEEN ARABS AND JEWS, BLAME AND PENALIZE THE JEWS!!

    GOOD JOB, BIBI.

    MOSHE FEIGLIN FOR PRIME MINISTER.

  11. It will take a lot of blood to remove the blight from the temple mount. And even after the Jewish people retake what is rightfully their place of worship, more blood will be required to keep it in righteous hands. If the Islamic claim to the mount is ever put to rest, a new claim will come from the Christian world. They will see the messiah that delivers Israel as the anti-Christ. While anticipating the return of their own messiah, they will wage war against Israel. There are so many pieces at play and they've been moving and positioning themselves for thousands if not millions of years, but I am starting to see some of the pieces settling into their final roles. Israel has a right to take the mount by force if they want. They can expel every Muslim and destroy the Al-Aksa temple, and they'd be justified in doing so. It would be nice, but the timing isn't right. There are a lot of variables to take into account before kicking up that cloud of dust.

  12. I just wish that the Lord would sent an earthquake and get rid of that mosque, since the muslim already have a holy city in Mecca, why cant they be generous and donate it back to the Jews, as Jerusalem is Israel's capitol.

  13. I just wish that the Lord would sent an earthquake and get rid of that mosque, since the muslim already have a holy city in Mecca, why cant they be generous and donate it back to the Jews, as Jerusalem is Israel's capitol.

  14. I wonder if the anti christ is not the pope in the roman catholic church?

  15. quetta bird I love your comments or prayers.

  16. Aldo Mimoun says:

    In order for real peace to be achieved Israel must demolish every religious site. That includes AlAqsa mosque, The Kotel, and all other symbols of religion. Religion is the real culprit for all the misery in the world. Let's declare Jerusalem a city free of religion. there will be no more fights for a lack of combatants.

  17. Like the Catholics who built cathedrals over the religious sites of native peoples, Muhammad and his followers practice the same philosophy. If your truth isn't strong enough to stand on its own merits, it's easier to destroy all other truths or to obscure the paths leading to them. Besides, Islam is sort of like The Monkeys. They're a cheap copy of The Beatles. If The Beatles didn't exist or if nobody knew they existed, The Monkeys would be bigger than The Rolling Stones and The Beatles combined. The Monkeys would never allow The Beatles to have Jerusalem because when people develop a taste in music and truth, they'll realize how synthetic The Monkeys are. Luckily for The Monkeys, when their lyrics and words fail them, they can apply the sword to get the truth out. The Rolling Stones were supposed to be real peace-niks, but the truth can be a real buzz-kill when you've got a world to rule. The Rolling-Stones should abide by the truth of The Beatles though.

  18. The anti-christ probably won't be be a public leader of any of these religious groups unless his charisma is so great that people will look past his religious ties. That, or the majority of dissenters from the other religious groups no longer exist, giving him a consensus for rule. Or maybe there won't be one. Or maybe he'll be like Nostradamus' anti-christs…the third, which follows the second, Hitler, is supposed to wear a blue turban. Of course, it'll be too easy to spot the guy if he's wearing a blue turban. It might be better not to pay too much attention to these prophecies. Still, I think we've got at least one more Hitler in humanity before all this nonsense is over.

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