7/15/2013, Av 8, 5773
A visit by hundreds of Jews to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City was cut short, Monday morning, when hundreds of Muslims responded with rioting. The Jews were there to pay their respects on the eve of the Ninth of Av, the anniversary of the destruction of the Temples.
Likud activist Michael Puah was present. He criticized the police for hindering the entrance of Jewish groups from around the country while the Muslims were allowed to enter freely. He said Muslims began to gather around and yell at the third group of Jews to be allowed onto the holy site. He said that instead of preventing the Muslims from being disorderly, the police told the Jews that they could not complete a circuit of the site and rushed them out of the nearest gate. Puah commented, "It's amazing to see how the Israel Police plays into the hands of Muslim rioters and actually encourages them to threaten and misbehave. This script is known in advance and it is time the police change their behavior so that it will change."