Jew, Arabs involved in Temple Mount fight arrested

June 20, 2013 14:02

Jewish suspect was alleged to have assaulted Waqf official; suspect has had previous run-ins with the law.

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Israeli police in front of Al Aqsa mosque [file].

Israeli police in front of Al Aqsa mosque 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

A Jewish man and two Islamic religious officials were arrested by Jerusalem police on Thursday after the former was determined to have instigated a shoving match atop the Temple Mount complex.

The Jewish suspect was alleged to have physically assaulted an official from the Waqf religious trust, Israel Radio reported.

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The suspect, a far-right provocateur who has had previous run-ins with the law, is also alleged to have provoked a group of religious Muslim women on the holy site.

Police told Israel Radio that the suspect began photographing the women with a camera. It was at that point when he was accosted by an official from the Waqf, the Islamic agency tasked with operating the day-to-day affairs of the Muslim holy sites atop the Temple Mount.

According to police, the Jewish man attacked the approaching official, causing light injuries. Afterward, two other Waqf officials rushed to the scene. It was then that police said a shoving match ensued.

Israel Radio reported that the two Waqf officials were detained for questioning. The two men are also facing possible assault charges. According to Israel Radio, the far-rightist has been ordered to keep away from the Temple Mount complex.

Far-right supporters of the suspect claim that it was he who was attacked by the Waqf officials.

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