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Temple Mount Closed Off after Feiglin Visit

reposted from Arutz 7
Adar 22, 5773, 04/03/13

MK Feiglin insisted on being allowed into the Dome of the Rock. Police removed him.

by Gil Ronen

MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud) entered the Temple Mount Monday morning and expressed his wish to enter the Dome of the Rock.

Jerusalem Police said that MK Feiglin asked to enter a mosque that is currently closed to Jewish visitors. He was told that he could not enter, but he insisted by virtue of his position, the police said.

A commotion began, with Muslim worshipers gathering in a mob around MK Feiglin.

A police force was called in. It dispersed the mob and ejected MK Feiglin from the Mount.

MK Feiglin sent a letter to the Attorney General asking him to make clear whether Israel has given up its sovereignty over the Temple Mount, and if so – when and in what circumstances did it do so.

Voice of Israel public radio quoted Hamas TV as saying that Muslims threw rocks at MK Feiglin and caused him to be ejected from the Mount.

MK Feiglin Barred from Temple Mount Mosque

reposted from The Jerusalem Post
March 4, 2013 Monday 22 Adar 5773

Visit comes at sensitive time of increased Palestinian rioting in the West Bank; Temple Mount closed to visitors after attempted visit; Former PM Sharon's 2000 visit to site said to have sparked 2nd intifada.

Likud-Beytenu MK Moshe Feiglin was denied entry to a mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem that is closed to tourists. Feiglin insisted to enter the mosque by virtue of his standing as an MK. Muslim faithful began to amass at the scene of the argument and the police removed MK Feiglin from the area.

The Temple Mount was closed to visitors as a result of the incident with Feiglin.

Ariel Sharon’s visit to the site in September 2000 prompted large-scale riots that eventually escalated into what became the second Palestinian intifada.

For Jews the Temple Mount is the holiest place on Earth, from where the world was created, the site of the Binding of Isaac and the location of the First and Second Temples.

For Muslims too, al-Haram al-Sharif (noble sanctuary), has become a crucial place of worship and pilgrimage, where there stands a monumental shrine – the Dome of the Rock – and the al-Aqsa Mosque, a site of great importance in Islam.

Feiglin's visit comes at a sensitive time in the West Bank that has seen increased rioting in recent weeks over the treatment of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and the circumstances of the death of Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat who died in a Megiddo prison on February 23.

Jeremy Sharon contributed to this report.

 

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