Security personnel used force to disperse hundreds of Muslim worshipers at the
Temple Mount on Friday who rioted and threw stones following a tense week in the
Old City. Eleven police officers were lightly injured and treated at the scene.
A total of ten protesters were arrested, though a number of additional arrests
A number of youth barricaded themselves inside the mosque
during the rioting, and dozens of police who responded to the incident used stun
grenades and other riot-control methods to disperse the crowd.
security forces entered the Temple Mount after police officers were attacked at
the Mugrabi Gate, one of the entrances to the Temple Mount, in order to stop the
crowd from throwing more stones onto the Western Wall plaza
Friday’s violence at the Temple Mount was part of a series of
disturbances starting two weeks ago, said police spokesman Micky
Twenty four people were arrested over the course of the week
for rock-throwing episodes at the Temple Mount on Sunday, when a group of
approximately 50 Arabs threw stones at Christian tourists and police patrols,
prompted by reports in the Jordanian press of more attempts by right-wing
activists to ascend to the Temple Mount.
Members of the Arab press,
including Palestinian and Jordanian newspapers, wrote a number of inflammatory
articles about right-wing attempts to exert sovereignty over the Temple Mount,
which incited worshipers to riot on Friday following weekly
“What happened today was a continuation of tension in and around
the Old City and Temple Mount due to what was put out on the Internet by both
right-wing extremists and terrorist organizations,” said Rosenfeld.
website called “Our Temple Mount” has publicized a number of events at the
Temple Mount encouraging religious Jews to go up to the site in order to
exercise Jewish sovereignty over the religious area. The site advocates for
destroying any Muslim buildings in order to rebuild the Third
“Purify the site from the enemies of Israel who stole the land,
and build the Third Temple on the ruins of the mosques,” a flyer
Two weeks ago, the website called for members of the Likud Central
Committee to join Likud primary candidate Moshe Feiglin at the Temple Mount on
his monthly visit.
Feiglin and two activists were denied access and the
site was closed to non-Muslims amid fears of incitement.
police were prepared for the possibility of disturbances following the reports,
but did not limit entry to the Temple Mount to men over the age of 50 who have
blue Israeli IDs, which is common practice for when authorities are concerned
Rosenfeld said the Temple Mount is currently expected to
open to non-Muslim visitors as usual on Sunday morning, but that could
“Over the weekend, police will be assessing the security
situation and deciding what measures will be implemented next week,” he
Police raided an apartment in Jerusalem’s Ramot neighborhood
overnight on Monday and found extremist right-wing materials related to the
Temple Mount, including flyers from an extremist website.
one activist and took him in for questioning. The activist is known to police as
one of the central figures related the extremist website “Our Temple Mount,”
said Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby.