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Feiglin visits Temple Mount as Jerusalem holy site reopened to Jews

reposted from The Jerusalem Post
11.02.2014

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein instructed Knesset security chief Yosef Griff to assign Feiglin a bodyguard at all times Thursday, after the lawmaker received death threats.

Israel Police reopened the Temple Mount to Jewish visitors on Sunday morning.

The site was closed to all visitors on Thursday amid concerns of rioting for the first time since the second intifada. Entrance to the Mount was restricted to Muslim men above the age of 50 and women on Friday.

Likud MK Moshe Feiglin was among the Jewish visitors to the site on Sunday morning. Muslim worshipers at the site shouted and jeered him. A Jewish man was detained by police for disturbing the peace at the holy site and four additional Jewish men were detained after clashing with police at the Lions' Gate from where they were trying to enter the Temple Mount.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein instructed Knesset security chief Yosef Griff to assign Feiglin a bodyguard at all times Thursday, after the lawmaker received death threats.

Feiglin often visits the Temple Mount and actively campaigns for freedom of worship for Jewish people at the holy site, like Rabbi Yehuda Glick, who was shot by an Arab from Abu Tor last week.

Edelstein also told Griff to make sure to respond to any MK who feels his or her life is threatened.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Edelstein Saturday night that MKs should be responsible and show restraint when it comes to the issue of the Temple Mount.

Netanyahu asked that MKs act to encourage the public to be calm and that Edelstein relay the message to them.

After the Temple Mount was reopened Friday morning following Thursday’s forced closure, National Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said “no incidents whatsoever” occurred on the contested holy site.

Over 1,000 policemen were deployed around the Old City and the gates to the Temple Mount, in addition to undercover anti-riot units and observation balloons floating in the sky.

Lahav Harkov contributed to this report.

 

 

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