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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Temple Mount was relatively quiet on Tuesday, despite police preparations
for possible clashes between Jewish activists and Muslims at the Aksa
Jerusalem Police prepared for the possibility of stone throwing
or other violence following a call that was put out by Muslims to “come and
protect” the Temple Mount, after Jewish activists said they would visit the
Overnight on Monday, police raided an apartment in the Ramot
neighborhood and found far-right materials related to the Temple Mount,
including flyers from an extremist website. Police arrested an activist who is
one of the central figures in the extremist website “Our Temple Mount,”
Jerusalem Police spokesman Shmuel Ben- Ruby said.
The Temple Mount stayed
open to non-Muslim visitors on Tuesday, though police significantly increased
their presence around the site, Ben-Ruby added. On Tuesday afternoon, a number
of Arab youth threw rocks and shoes at police accompanying a group of visitors.
One officer was injured in the head and treated on site. Three youths were
arrested later in the day, and police were searching for more people
“Our Temple Mount” organizes tours and demonstrations in
support of Jewish sovereignty over the Mount.
Activists believe that
building the Third Temple will only take place after destroying the Muslim
structures on the Mount, including the Dome of the Rock and the Aksa
Two weeks ago, the website called for members of the Likud
central committee to join Moshe Feiglin, head of the party’s Jewish Leadership
faction, at the Temple Mount on his monthly visit. “Purify the site from the
enemies of Israel who stole the land, and build the Third Temple on the ruins of
the mosques,” the flyer read.
Feiglin and two activists were denied
access and the Temple Mount was closed to non-Muslims amid fears of
On Sunday, a group of approximately 50 Arabs threw stones
Christian tourists and police patrols, prompted by reports in the Jordanian
press of more attempts by Jewish activists to enter the Temple Mount. Police
arrested 24 people in connection with the stone throwing.