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Terrorist Attacks Return to Sderot and Gaza

reprinted from Arutz 7
Feb 17, '07 / 29 Shevat 5767

by Hana Levi Julian

(IsraelNN.com) Sderot residents were besieged by rocket fire over the Sabbath even as Palestinian Authority terrorists attacked each other.

The El-Arish Brigades, a terrorist group affiliated with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction, took responsibility for two separate rocket attacks against Israel.

Kassam rockets were fired at the western Negev Friday night and again on Saturday. Two of the missiles exploded near Kibbutz Magen, located east of Gaza, and two others slammed into an area near Sderot.

No one was injured and no damage was reported in either attack, which the terrorists said was in retaliation for Israeli "aggression on Jerusalem and Al-Aksa [mosque] at the Temple Mount."

The so-called aggression was a reference to repair work that is being carried out on a broken footbridge leading to the entrance of the Temple Mount. The construction and excavation site is located about 60 meters away from the mosque, but Muslims claim that Israel is trying to undermine the foundations of mosques in order to cause their collapse.

Rival PA terrorist gangs also attacked each other on Saturday in a return to the militia war that has torn apart the PA for much of the past year.

Calm Restored to Jerusalem's Old City

reprinted from The Jerusalem Post
Feb. 15, 2007

Rebecca Anna Stoil

Calm was restored to the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday after prayer services on the Temple Mount drew to a close.

Some 15-20 Muslim youths were arrested in sporadic acts of violence as police attempted to forestall hostilities at this week's Friday prayers but overall, police were pleased with the relative quiet around the Old City.

One Muslim youth was arrested after allegedly attacking police by Damascus Gate and moments later, two more were arrested at the Huta Gate entrance to the Temple Mount after they allegedly attacked police officers and tried to force their way onto the holy site.

Two others were arrested - one by Lions Gate and the other at the Cotton Merchants Gate to the Temple Mount - after trying to enter the holy site by force and attacking police officers in the process, police said.

After police identified middle-aged stone-throwers on the Temple Mount during last week's disturbances, entrance to the mount was restricted to Israeli Muslims - males over the age of 50, and women over 40.

Israel Police Inspector-General Moshe Karadi, Police chief of operations Berti Ohayin and Jerusalem Police Chief Cmdr. Ilan Franco were all on site at the Western Wall Plaza to oversee the police operation.

Karadi told reporters that he was present at the site so that "unlike last week the prayer services will be carried out while maintaining public order."

"In order to prevent disturbances police have increased their presence in the area," he continued.

The inspector general refused to comment on the findings of the Zeiler Commission saying he could not comment before the publication of the report.

Meanwhile, another Muslim youth was arrested after causing a disturbance near the Israel Police chief and, while prayer services were drawing to a close on the Mount, five more Arab youths were arrested on suspicion of throwing rocks at police stationed on Nablus Road. No one was wounded.

Also, in the Arab neighborhood of Ras el-Amud in east Jerusalem, police were confronted with what they described as a hail of rocks near a local mosque.

Police dispersed the crowd using stun grenades. No casualties were reported.

Simultaneously, a fistfight broke out between a group of Arabs and Jews on Hagai Street.

Police forcibly separated the groups and detained two people involved for questioning.

Despite the sporadic acts of violence around the Old City, prayer services on the Temple Mount itself ended without incident and the Western Wall Plaza was largely quiet with handfuls of tourists taking photographs of the masses of police in riot gear.

Approximately 3,000 police officers were on hand in east Jerusalem and the Old City and some 5,000 worshippers attended the prayer services on the Mount.

Karadi said that "in contrast to last week, prayers finished quietly and peacefully."

"Police, and especially the Jerusalem District Police worked hard so that they could ensure freedom of worship," added Karadi.

Franco expressed satisfaction that prayers ended with "no exceptional incident on the Temple Mount." "Overall there were between 15 and 20 detainees and the Temple Mount is returning to order," he said.

Franco went on to say that there would be a situation assessment later that afternoon to reassess the continued conditions and restrictions for the Temple Mount "in light of today's quiet" and that a decision would soon be made regarding the police operations for the upcoming weeks.

Peaceful Friday at Temple Mount; Muslims Plan Protests

reprinted from Arutz 7
Feb 16, '07 / 28 Shevat 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Relative calm prevailed at the Temple Mount Friday, the Muslim Sabbath. About a dozen people were arrested for disorderly conduct, but Muslims threatened more protests against Israel's archaeological work next to the holy site.

Jerusalem Muslim cleric Mohammed Hussein called for a "day of mobilization," and a Palestinian Authority (PA) news service told people that Israeli authorities had "snatched" people off the street to arrest them.

3,000 Policemen Guarding Temple Mount

reprinted from Arutz 7
Feb 16, '07 / 28 Shevat 5767

by Hillel Fendel

(IsraelNN.com) Police Chief Moshe Karadi has raised the alert level around the country to Level III, the second-highest. Jerusalem is of special concern, because of the Moslem rioting violence and threats regarding the construction of a ramp to the Temple Mount from the Western Wall plaza.

As a security precaution, entry to the Friday prayers at the Al-Aksa mosque are restricted more tightly than they have ever been, and only those aged 50 and older will be allowed in.

Three Arabs were arrested shortly before the noon-time prayers began when they tried to evade policemen and ascend to the Mount.

The walkway in question is the only passage by which Jews can enter the Temple Mount - the holiest site in Judaism, the location of the First and Second Holy Temples, and the place where the Binding of Isaac took place. The ramp was heavily damaged during a snowstorm three years ago, and is being replaced. Before the construction can take place, however, Israeli law requires that preparatory archaeological excavations take place to determine if important findings lie below.

Arab leaders have raised an uproar over the works, and have called for another intifada to "save the Al-Aqsa Mosque [on the Temple Mount]." This, despite the fact that the works are underway well outside the Temple Mount. Israeli-Arab Sheikh Raad Salah, who heads the northern branch of the radical Islamic Movement in Israel, was arrested and has been distanced from the Old City for the next two months. He is also charged with attacking policemen. Other Arab leaders, including Arab MKs, have also stoked the fires of conflict, with Hamas Authority leader Ismail Haniyeh calling on Moslems all over Israel to "prevent" the continuation of the works.

Though the government voted not to give in to the Arab demands to stop the works, Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupoliansky this week announced that construction on the new bridge - which is set to start several months from now - would be postponed. The archaeological work continues, however.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, visiting in Turkey yesterday, has invited a Turkish contingent to supervise the works. The delegation is scheduled to arrive in the coming days.

In addition, the Antiquities Authority, which is conducting the excavations, has installed three cameras that broadcast the goings-on at the site 24 hours a day. The work will resume early Sunday morning.

Last Friday saw what some termed the worst rioting in Jerusalem in many years. Police were forced to use tear gas and stun grenades to disperse thousands of rioting Muslims, while outside the compound, near Lion's Gate, hundreds of Arab teenagers hurled stones, iron bars, vegetables, and at least one firebomb at police. In addition, though Israel Police allowed entry to the Mount only to Moslems aged 45 and older, hoping to thus prevent violence, some 150 youths apparently entered the mosque earlier in the week - and became a focal point of violence.

Police did not enter the mosque, but only after 90 minutes of negotiations between police and Muslim representatives did the youths leave.

"The Arabs actually want the Mughrabi Gate passway to collapse," Knesset Member Aryeh Eldad said this week, "so that they will be able to close the only gate that is under Jewish control. That will end the era of Jewish visitation rights to the Temple Mount. They have been waiting for this for a long time, and that's why they don't want us to refurbish it."

5,000 Muslims Begin Friday Prayers at Al Aksa

reprinted from Arutz 7
Feb 15, '07 / 27 Shevat 5767

(IsraelNN.com) About 5,000 Muslims have begun the weekly Friday prayer session at Al Aksa mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Anticipating violence, police limited entrance to the Mount to Muslim men above the age of 50 and women over 40. Only Arabs with a blue Israeli ID have been allowed in.

Over 3,000 police have been deployed to keep the peace in Jerusalem and its environs.

High Alert for Temple Mount Prayers Friday

reprinted from Arutz 7
Feb 14, '07 / 26 Shevat 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Jerusalem police will be on high alert Friday in anticipation of expected riots by Muslim worshippers at the Al-Aksa mosque on the Temple Mount.

More than 3,000 police officers surrounded the Old City last week, many of whom were called on to suppress riots by protestors who claimed that repair work at the entrance to the Temple Mount was damaging the mosque.

Al Aksa is located 60 meters away from the construction site.

Intel: Hamas, Fatah Want Riots in Jerusalem

reprinted from Arutz 7
Feb 14, '07 / 26 Shevat 5767

(IsraelNN.com) According to intelligence information that has reached Israeli Police, the Hamas and Fatah terror organizations are interested in a renewal of rioting in Jerusalem Friday. The Israeli Arab leadership is also active in organizing mayhem: the Islamic Movement is busing supporters to Jerusalem, where they will take part in the "protests."

Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the Northern Islamic Movement, will deliver a sermon at a massive protest in the Wadi Joz neighborhood, north of the Old City. An order given Monday by Jerusalem Magistrate's Court barring Salah from coming within 150 meters of the Old City walls for 10 days was extended by 60 days on Thursday.

Police on Near-Maximum Alert Nationwide

reprinted from Arutz 7
Feb 14, '07 / 26 Shevat 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Israel Police have been put on a state of alert Friday that is one notch under the maximum, with a special focus on Jerusalem. Over 3,000 police officers have taken up positions in and around the holy city, awaiting possible riots by Arabs on the Muslim day of prayer. Police teams are patrolling the old city and the perimeter of the Temple Mount.

In an effort to prevent rioting on the Mount itself, the age of worshippers allowed on the Mount is limited to 50 and upward – 5 years older than the cutoff point last Friday. Checkpoints have been put up at all entrances to the Mount.

Rabbis Weigh In on Temple Mount Issue

reprinted from Arutz 7
Feb 14, '07 / 26 Shevat 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Chief Sephardic Rabbi Shlomo Amar said that Rabbis should be consulted on the matter of building a bridge from the Western Wall Plaza to the Temple Mount in an article that appeared in a Shas-affiliated publication. He emphasized his position that it is forbidden for Jews to step foot on the Temple Mount unless it is a life-threatening situation. Shas Chairman MK Eli Yishai suggested that Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef should be the authority to rule on the matter.

Rabbi Amar also offered to try to engage Muslim clerics on the issue, stating that unnecessary provocations should be avoided.

Restraining Order Extended for Salah

reprinted from Arutz 7
Feb 14, '07 / 26 Shevat 5767

(IsraelNN.com) The head of the Islamic Movement's northern branch will be barred from approaching the Old City for another 60 days.

The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court ruled Thursday in favor of a petition by police to extend a restraining order preventing Sheikh Ra'ad Salah from entering the Old City.

Salah has been charged with attacking police officers near the site of repair work to a footbridge leading to the Temple Mount.

Rioters Clash with Police in Jerusalem

reprinted from Arutz 7
Feb 14, '07 / 26 Shevat 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Several dozen Muslim rioters were dispersed by mounted Israeli police Friday morning in Jerusalem. The incident occurred at a large distance from the Temple Mount. Clashes between rioters and police began when the head of the northern wing of the Islamic Movement, Sheikh Raad Salah, arrived in Jerusalem. Salah reportedly arrived at a location that was not close to the Temple Mount and wanted to conduct a quiet prayer session.

Salah is prevented by a court order from coming closer than 150 meters away from the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, for 59 more days.

Salah To Try to Defy Court and Pray at Temple Mount

reprinted from Arutz 7
Feb 14, '07 / 26 Shevat 5767

(IsraelNN.com) The Islamic Movement said its northern branch official Ra'ed Salah will bring his whole family to pray at the Temple Mount Friday, in defiance of a court order that he not approach the walls of the Old City.

A spokesman for the movement also told Voice of Israel government radio Friday morning that archaeological digging will prove that the holy site is exclusively Muslim. He charged that Israel is "afraid of the truth" that the First and Second Temples did not exist.

Archaeologists have blamed the government for not taking action against Muslim authorities who have taken out of the Temple Mount compound dozens of truckloads of debris that include artifacts from the era of the Temples.

Three Arabs Arrested in Eastern J'lem

reprinted from Arutz 7
Feb 14, '07 / 26 Shevat 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Three Muslim Arabs were arrested in eastern Jerusalem in two separate incidents Friday morning, as police continues to operate in a high state of alert, anticipating riots.

In one incident, police arrested an Arab youth from eastern Jerusalem who had attacked police officers on Shchem Road.

In a second event, near one of the gates to the Old City, two Arab youths were arrested after attacking police officers, in an attempt to break into the Temple Mount. No casualties were reported.

Turkish Inspectors to View Temple Mount Repair Site

reprinted from Arutz 7
Feb 14, '07 / 26 Shevat 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Turkey will send inspectors to Jerusalem to check the construction site where repairs are being carried out on a collapsed foot bridge at the entrance to the Temple Mount.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that a technical team would inspect the site.

Olmert showed his Turkish counterpart photos of the construction work during their meeting on Thursday, but Erdogan insisted on sending inspectors to ensure no damage was being done to the nearby Al-Aksa mosque.

Hamas Ally May Head Turk Mission to Temple Mount

reprinted from Arutz 7
Feb 14, '07 / 26 Shevat 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdowan may appoint a senior foreign policy advisor who is considered close to Hamas to head his country's mission to the Temple Mount. The advisor, Ahmet Dawat-Ulu, is close to the Hamas leadership in Damascus, according to an IDF Radio report. Dawat-Ulu initiated Hamas kingpin Khaled Mashaal's visit to Ankara immediately after Hamas' victory in the PA elections.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert promised his Turkish counterpart Thursday that he would allow a mission of Turkish experts to visit the renovation site at the Rambam (Mughrabi) Gate. Olmert made it clear Thursday night that the mission would not supervise the excavation but only "observe" it.

Temple Mount Closed to Non-Muslims Sunday

reprinted from The Jerusalem Post
Feb. 3, 2007 23:08

by Etgar Lefkovits

The Temple Mount will be closed to non-Muslim visitors on Sunday and police will restrict the entry of Arabs for the day, after Islamic leaders accused Israel of carrying out an excavation at the holy site, police said.

The unusual weekday restrictions come after Muslim leaders calls on Arabs to visit the site en masse in response to Israeli excavation work near the Mughrabi Gate.

All Arab men under the age of 45 will be barred from the site due to security concerns, police said, with only those above 45 with Israeli ID cards - as well as women of any age - allowed into the ancient compound.

Israeli archaeologists are currently carrying out a salvage excavation adjacent to the Temple Mount due to the planned construction of a new bridge to the Mughrabi Gate after the old bridge was removed due to safety concerns.

 

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