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Police Close Temple Mount to Jews, Blame Feiglin

reprinted from Arutz 7

Police close the Temple Mount to Jews, citing "incitement" on posters in the name of Feiglin, whose spokesmen deny they are involved.

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Police closed the Temple Mount to Jews and other visitors all day Sunday, citing "incitement" on posters in the name of the Likud's Jewish Leadership movement leader Moshe Feiglin, whose spokesmen deny they are involved.

The Temple Mount remained open for Arabs Sunday. Mosques on the Temple Mount frequently are used by Muslim clerics to call or the removal of all Jews from the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Western Wall.

The posters were posted throughout the city and called for the "cleansing of the Temple Mount of the enemies of Israel." Feiglin, who last week won 25 percent of the Likud party's support in a challenge to the leadership of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, routinely ascends to the Temple Mount around the 19th day of every Jewish month, which this month begins Sunday evening.

"The Temple Mount and the Western Wall Plaza are holy prayer sites, and the police will not allow them to be used for politics or for incitement," Jerusalem police officials stated Sunday.

Spokesmen for Feiglin vehemently denied allegations they are involved in the posters and called on the police to investigate who is behind the incitement.

Feiglin last week accused backers of Prime Minister Netanyahu of "dirty tricks" during the voting for the chairman of the party. Many polling sites, especially in Feiglin strongholds in Judea and Samaria, did not open on time.

Police prevent Feiglin from entering Temple Mount

reprinted from Jerusalem Post

by Melanie Lidman

Police prevented former Likud leadership contender Moshe Feiglin from entering the Temple Mount Sunday morning, accusing Feiglin and Likud activists of attempting to disrupt the order. Feiglin sent a message to Likud activists on Saturday night, urging them to join him by going up to the Temple Mount on Sunday morning.

"Purify the site from the enemies of Israel who stole the land and build the Third Temple on the ruins of the mosques," the announcement read.

Jerusalem Police Chief Nisso Shaham closed the Temple Mount to all non-Muslim visitors Sunday morning as a result of the announcement. Feiglin and three other Likud activists attempted to enter the site around 8 a.m on Sunday morning, and tried to argue with the guards that their plan to go up to the Temple Mount was for purely personal reasons on every 19th of the Hebrew month. They went to pray at the Western Wall after police prevented them from entering the Temple Mount.

"The areas of the Temple Mount and the Kotel Plaza are used as a place of prayer and religious rituals and the police will not allow any political use or incitement from every representative of every religion, and will utilize every ability of the law to stop this," said Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben Ruby.

In response, a few hundred Muslim worshipers gathered near the Al Aqsa Mosque and demonstrated against Feiglin's attempt to go up to the Temple Mount. They yelled "Allahu Akbar" loud enough that it was audible from the Western Wall plaza below but there was no violence, said Ben Ruby.

Feiglin claimed that the announcement was fake and that his name was unknowingly used on the flyer. He demanded police investigate to determine who made the flyer.

However, in Feiglin's weekly newsletter published last Thursday, he invited Likud activists to join him to go up to the Temple Mount. The flyer was posted on the website of "Har Habayit Shelanu" an activist group dedicated to Jewish sovereignty at the Temple Mount.



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