Some 30 hard-right and Temple Mount activists assembled outside the entrance to the Mugrabi Gate that leads to the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem on Thursday.They gathered to demonstrate in solidarity with Rabbi Yehuda Glick who was shot on Wednesday night, due to his activities promoting Jewish visitation and prayer rights at the site.The protest was organized by several prayer rights groups, including the Temple Mount Faithful, as well as far-right political activists Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben-Gvir.They protested what they described as police inaction in light of death-threats directed at Glick in the past, as well as Arab rioters who protest Jewish visitation to the Temple Mount.The group was refused entry to the Temple Mount by the police, since the site was been closed to all visitors on Thursday, but at one stage several demonstrators attempted to gain access via an unsecured gateway onto the Mugrabi Bridge.Border Police quickly rushed to the scene and forcibly prevented them from reaching the Temple Mount, detaining four men for disturbing the public order.“We need to get rid of all the terrorists and to clean up the Temple Mount from terrorists, criminals and enemies and to return the place to its Jewish owners in order to allow us to build the Third Temple as soon as possible,” Marzel told The Jerusalem Post.A police source said in response that security arrangements for non-Muslim visitors at the Temple Mount were extremely complicated, but said that such protection would continue to be provided by the police on a daily basis for all visiting tourists and Jews that come in via the Mugrabi gate.After leaving the Western Wall area, the demonstrators then marched to the Menachem Begin Heritage Center where Glick was shot by Moataz Hejazi, a convicted terrorist who was working in the kitchen of a privately owned restaurant located in the center.
Right-wing activists try to enter the Temple Mount compound (file) (Photograph: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Authorities detain activist who tried to storm Mugrabi bridge (Photograph: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Activists try to enter to Mugrabi bridge (Photograph: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Security forces remove activists trying to storm Temple Mount compound (Photograph: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)