A 16-year-old Jewish teen was detained late Monday night for allegedly being near the gates to the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, the Honenu civil rights organization reported.
An attorney from the organization was looking into the cause of the detention, the group said in a statement.
The Al Aqsa Mosque, as well as the Dome of the Rock are both located within the Temple Mount compound, and Muslims cite Jewish “interference” of any kind as the slightest excuse for wild riots and major terrorist attacks.
The Jerusalem Arab terrorist who murdered two people this past Sunday (Oct. 9, 2016) and wounded six others in the capital claimed as his excuse the Supreme Court restraining order banning him from entering Jerusalem for 30 days. He ranted in a post on a social networking site 48 hours earlier that his life was “worthless if he could not enter Jerusalem to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque.”
The real reason for his dedication to Jerusalem, however, was belied by a reference in his rant to “Qassam martyrs,” which later made sense when the Hamas terrorist organization announced he had been a member of the group. The military arm of Hamas is called the Izz a-Din al-Qassam Martyrs’ Brigades.
Tensions over the Temple Mount are extremely high, in particular as the Jewish high holy days are underway. Terror attacks are again on the rise in Jerusalem, as well as on the roads of Judea, Samaria and in the Binyamin region.