Israeli police in front of Al Aqsa mosque 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ammar Awad)
The Jerusalem District Police closed the Temple Mount to Jewish and other
non-Muslim visitors on Thursday morning.
The Joint Association of Temple
Organizations had organized a 9 a.m. visit to the site for approximately 100
children. However, police decided to close the site to non-Muslim visitors,
citing a concern that the visit would provoke riots by Muslim
Every day except Friday, the Temple Mount is open to
non-Muslims for a limited amount of time in the mornings and afternoons,
although prayer is strictly prohibited for anyone other than
Noam Federman, a right-wing political and religious activist who
helped organize the visit, condemned the closure of the site.
again, the police are working hand in hand with Arab rioters and are giving
legitimacy to the sovereignty of the Wakf,” said Federman, referring to the
Islamic religious trust that administers the Temple Mount complex.