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Arab Riots on the Temple Mount

reprinted from Arutz 7
Tishrei 9, 5770, 27 September 09

by Hana Levi Julian and Shimon Cohen

A tourist from France was injured Sunday morning when Arab riots erupted on the Temple Mount after Jewish worshippers arrived to begin preparations for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which begins Sunday at sundown.

The man was treated on the scene by a Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulance team.

Police closed the Temple Mount as well as the Western Wall plaza in response to the incident.

Arabs who worship at the mosque located at the site hurled rocks at the police officers stationed there. Two officers were wounded in the melee, including one who was treated for a hand injury by MDA medics before being evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center.

A number of Jewish eyewitnesses present at the scene told Arutz Sheva that minutes after the riot some police officers began cursing the Jews waiting to pray at the site. "It's all because of you religious [Jews]," said one policeman, according to an eyewitness who requested anonymity.

The source said the police officer added insults and curses that could not be published.

In response, the Jerusalem district police spokesman called the claim a "provocation" by some Jewish worshippers and said "if that is what they say about police officers endangering themselves for them, they should be ashamed."

Following the incident, MK Michael Ben-Ari sharply criticized the conduct of the police officers. "Jerusalem police should deal with the Arab rioters and not violate the freedom of Jewish worshippers who want to pray," he said.

Yom Kippur Curfew in Judea, Samaria

A curfew was imposed midnight Saturday in Judea and Samaria, and will be lifted at midnight after the end of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

During that period, Palestinian Authority Arabs will only be allowed to cross the pre-1967 border into areas solely controlled by Israel for unusual medical and humanitarian reasons. Each individual case will require the approval of the Civil Administration.



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