October 2, 2012 Tuesday 16 Tishri 5773
by Melanie Lidman
Police spokesman confirms the Likud activist prostrated himself on the ground and began chanting, in violation of the law.
Five people were arrested for a confrontation on the Temple Mount on Tuesday morning during Likud activist Moshe Feiglinís monthly trip to Judaismís holiest site.
Towards the end of Feiglinís visit, a group of Muslims surrounded the Jewish worshipers and started yelling "Alahu Akbar."
Police immediately responded to the incident and separated the two groups. Upon searching one of the Arabs they discovered he was carrying a concealed knife, which is illegal on the Temple Mount. Police arrested three Arabs for disturbing the peace, and one of them for also carrying an illegal weapon.
Police also arrested two Jews for praying, which is "in violation of the customs of the site," according to deputy police spokeswoman Shlomit Bajshi. Feiglin was detained during the visit, though not arrested. Police also removed him from the site.
Praying out loud or using any type of traditional prayer objects such as tefillin, tallit, or prayer books is forbidden for Jews at Judaism's holiest site due to tensions with Muslims worshipers at the Al Aqsa Mosque.
National police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Feiglin prostrated himself on the ground and began chanting, in violation of the customs of the area.
Feiglin ascends to the Temple Mount on the 19th of every Hebrew month. This month the 19th falls on a Friday, the Muslim day of prayer, when the Temple Mount is closed to non-Muslim visitors. Feiglin went up to the Temple Mount on Tuesday with a number of additional supporters, as is his usual custom.
Tuesdayís confrontation did not require police to close the Temple Mount to visitors, and the rest of the day proceeded without incident. Rosenfeld said the police already have an increased presence in the Old City due to the Sukkot holiday.
In February, police prevented Feiglin from entering the Temple Mount after accusing him and other right-wing activists of attempting to disrupt order.
A flyer aimed at members of the Likud Central Committee urged thousands of supporters to join Feiglin at the Temple Mount. "Purify the site from the enemies of Israel who stole the land, and build the Third Temple on the ruins of the mosques," the flyer read.
Insp-Gen Nisso Shaham, who was Jerusalem police chief at the time, closed the Temple Mount to all non-Muslim visitors on February 12 morning as a result of the announcement.