Temple Mount closed due to threats of Palestinian rioting

Police close Jerusalem site after receiving threats of violence; police to review reopening holy site on Wednesday.

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September 24, 2013 14:39
Police patrol near the Temple Mount

Police patrol near the Temple Mount 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

The Temple Mount was closed to thousands of visitors Tuesday morning, including Jews making a pilgrimage to the holy site for Succot, after police received threats of rioting by Palestinian Muslims at the site.

According to Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, following a security assessment, police determined that closing the holy site was necessary to protect visitors from possible violence at the hands of Arabs who reject Jewish rights to pray there.

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Asked if the site would be reopened to visitors Wednesday, Rosenfeld said police are taking a wait and see approach.

“We’ll see what takes place tomorrow,” he said.

A police officer was lightly injured and three members of the northern branch of the fundamentalist Islamic Movement were arrested at the Temple Mount last week, after several rock-throwing Palestinians attacked visiting groups, police said.


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