Photo Credit: Ofir Gendelman / PM Arab media spokesperson
On the Temple Mount, the Al-Aqsa mosque from inside: Palestinian rioters broke down walls to prepare stones for ammunition and furniture to make barricades.

For the fourth day in a row, a mob of dozens of Arabs attacked Jews Wednesday morning who came on pilgrimage to the Temple Mount compound.

Arab rioters have been stockpiling rocks, cement blocks, fireworks, firecrackers, rocks, firebombs and pipebombs in the Al Aqsa mosque on the site for use as ammunition against visiting Jewish pilgrims and Israeli security personnel. They have even broken walls within the holy mosque in order to use the pieces as weapons during their riots, according to a Jerusalem official.

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Israel Police were physically assaulted by Islamic Waqf mainenance personnel in the morning on the Temple Mount after they attempted to protect a group of Jewish visitors to the site from screaming Arabs who hurled bottles at them in the compound.

According to a report by the Hebrew-language “0404” news website, the Islamic Waqf maintenance personnel showed no apprehension or concern that they would be reprimanded by their own security staff as they attacked Israeli police officers who were guarding the Jewish visitors.

A Muslim mob quickly gathered and surrounded the Jewish tourists despite a recent order signed by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, banning such groups.

Israeli police deployed at the compound attempted to protect the Jewish visitors and to distance the Muslim mob, but at that point, the Waqf maintenance personnel began to shove the police officers and then simply attacked them.

Although Israeli police acted “with great restraint” Arab rioters succeeded in hurling a bottle at the Jewish visitors, according to the 0404 website.

Miraculously, none of the Jews were physically injured although obviously there was a certain level of trauma experienced by those who ascended to the site.

As a writer with clinical background, I also wish to raise the issue of how these repeated, daily traumas must impact the views and ultimately the lives of young Israeli security personnel as well.

It is important to recognize that it is impossible for any human being to ignore constant provocation, antagonism and trauma without also eventually being affected. Each person reacts to that in different ways — but the effects, when not addressed, can be permanent. Our most precious resource in Israel is human.

“Therefore choose life.”

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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.

20 COMMENTS

  1. It is time for the Arabs to understand that the Al Aqsa mosque is INSIDE Israel, and that they are allowed to pray at the mosque at the pleasure of the State of Israel. Twenty years ago, Jews could freely enter the Temple Mount, and visit the mosque itself, as I have done. The only restriction was that women had to dress respectfully, with long sleeves, long skirt, and a scarf covering their hair, (pretty much the same as entering an orthodox synagogue.) It is time for Israel to take over security for the Temple Mount and the Al-Aqsa mosque itself.

  2. It is time for the Arabs to understand that the Al Aqsa mosque is INSIDE Israel, and that they are allowed to pray at the mosque at the pleasure of the State of Israel. Twenty years ago, Jews could freely enter the Temple Mount, and visit the mosque itself, as I have done. The only restriction was that women had to dress respectfully, with long sleeves, long skirt, and a scarf covering their hair, (pretty much the same as entering an orthodox synagogue.) It is time for Israel to take over security for the Temple Mount and the Al-Aqsa mosque itself.

  3. So much for Netanyahu's sound bites last night. How about water cannon with dyes, stop all Arabs entering Har Habayit. Imose a curfew on the Arab areas of Jerusalem as a collective punishment.
    If Netanayahu was honest he would recommence building in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria rather than kow tow to the international community and send a clear unequivocal message to the Arabs the Jews are here to stay.

  4. Absolute agreement. These attacks are life threatening and must be stopped cold. If there aren't any Arabs on Har HaBayit they can't attack Jews. We need to ban Arabs from that area and bring in foreign diplomats and reporters to see what is happening with their own eyes. Israel should widely publish pictures of the accumulated weapons gathered inside Al Aqsa and tell the world what is going on. Weneed to the break protocol and enter Al Aqsa to remove all these rocks, firebombs, etc.

  5. This is a complex situation because world opinion is so against Israel. Israel can not take any offensive action such as closing off accesss to the mosic, or shooting the rock throwers, or turning off water and electricity to the Arib sections of Jeruslim, or destroying the masic. Israel must take defensive action; such as x-raying all of the arab visitors to the masic to assure that they are not carreying rocks or fireworks or petrol-bombs.

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