Photo Credit: courtesy, Tom Nisani
Ancient stones and artifacts remain stacked by Arabs to block the path taken by Jews in the Temple Mount compound. April 19, 2022

On Tuesday for the third day in a row, ancient stone blocks were found still stacked in piles blocking the path taken by Jewish visitors in Jerusalem’s Temple Mount compound, with further restrictions imposed on visitors by police.

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Israel’s Antiquities Authority appeared to be missing in action, as were any other Israeli authorities who might have ensured the path remains open and the antiquities properly catalogued and preserved.

Broken glass bottles were also strewn around the sacred site.

During a tour led by Dr. Mordechai Kedar of Bar Ilan University, the sounds of explosions and fireworks were heard from the direction of the southern mosque on the site, where Nisani said fortifications were seen.

Police were limiting Jewish groups to a maximum of 30 to 50 visitors at a time, according to Tom Nisani of the advocacy group, “The Temple Mount is in Our Hands.”

Nor were Jewish groups being allowed to stop along the way to view anything a bit more closely, as one normally would during a site tour, Nisani noted.

Further adding insult to injury, on Tuesday Israeli authorities allowed Sheikh Ra’ed Salah, head of the outlawed Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement and a resident of the Israeli Arab town of Umm al-Fahm, to enter the Al Aqsa Mosque in the Temple Mount compound.

“All across the Mount, calls for nationalism and incitement against Jewish visitors” were heard, Nisani said, “without a response from police.”

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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.