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Police lock rioting Arabs inside al-Aksa Mosque, clear Temple Mount for visiting Jews

reposted from The Jerusalem Post
10.13.2014 | 19 Tishri, 5775

by Gil Hoffman

Likud MK Moshe Feiglin was at the Western Wall on Monday morning and was preparing to visit the Temple Mount compound.

Police forces ascended the Temple Mount early on Monday morning to face dozens of Arabs who were planning to riot at the site.

Barricades were set up at the entrance of the al-Aksa mosque at the site and the suspects collected rocks, fireworks, and firebombs in order to confront police and disturb Jewish visitors to the site.

Police said they removed the barricades while under assault of a barrage of rocks and managed to push the rioters inside the mosque and lock them inside.

The site was opening to visitors as planned on Monday morning, police said. Among the visitors to the Temple Mount compound was Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich (Yisrael Beytenu) and Likud MK Moshe Feiglin.

Police said on Sunday that they would permit Jews to ascend the Temple Mount for the first time in four days on Monday morning, giving permission to Feiglin and a large group of his supporters.

Feiglin said he intended to hold a mass prayer service at the Western Wall and then ascend the Mount with his followers, who will purify themselves before going to the Wall. He complained on Sunday that police did not allow Jews to ascend following the day’s Priestly Blessing (Birkat Kohanim) service at the Wall.

“What’s most angering is that police said they closed the Mount due to Jews praying at the Western Wall,” Feiglin said.

“We have been warning them for days that the most extreme Arabs from Hamas and even people with Islamic State flags have been getting their rocks ready. Instead of taking care of the situation before the Jews came, cleaning out the Mount and doing something about it, they gave up on Israeli sovereignty in the holiest place of the Jews.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has endured criticism from the international community in recent days for endorsing the rights of Jews to build and live in areas of Jerusalem over the Green Line. Feiglin said that Netanyahu was not doing enough.

“I call upon the prime minister to get involved and stop running away from the problem,” Feiglin said. “At the end of the day the responsibility for the Temple Mount is on his shoulders.”

Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said that officers had succeeded in protecting more than 30,000 Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall on Sunday and would continue to take action to make sure there would be no disturbances on the Temple Mount. He emphasized that barring another decision, the Mount would be open to all visitors regardless of their religion.

“If there are sporadic incidents, the police will take action to control the situation as soon as possible,” Rosenfeld said on Sunday.

Bayit Yehudi faction chairwoman Ayelet Shaked said she was outraged that the Temple Mount was closed to Jews during Succot.

“The police have boosted the terrorists by closing the Temple Mount in response to Muslim terrorism,” Shaked said.



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