Temple Mount riots ahead of Sukkot

T. Belman. YNET says “Renewed violence from Al-Aqsa Mosque comes on final day of Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, likely fueled by reports that right-wing Jews plan to enter Temple Mount.” This suggests that right wing Jews are the cause of the riots. Nonsense. What is going on is a turf war. The Arab leadership are determined to bar Jews from the Temple Mount. They start the violence and the government appeases them and further restricts Jews from entering. Israel policy should be that non violent Jews or Arabs should be permitted on the TM and any side that uses violence should be barred.

Israel has changed the issue to one of the rules of engagement. This is unsatisfactory. The policy should be to bar Arabs or Jews from the TM when members of their respective groups cause violence. Thus each side will be held responsible to restrain their violent members. This is not collective punishment. It is a condition precedent to being allowed on the TM. With such a policy there would be no need for amending the rules of engagement. An alternative would be to have different visiting hours for each group.

The Israel High Court has said that Jews have the right to pray there but allowed the government to prevent Jews from doing so in the interests of peace and stability. Thus the police should likewise be allowed to prevent the Muslims from praying there in the same interests.

By Elior Levy, Yael Freidson, YNET

Israeli police and border patrol troops employed riot control measures on the Temple Mount Sunday morning where masked Palestinian youth threw rocks and shot firecrackers at security forces just ahead of the holiday of Sukkot.

The Palestinians barricaded a door in the al-Aqsa Mosque and used umbrellas to defend themselves against police.

Sunday’s violence on the Temple Mount was likely fueled by reports Saturday that right-wing Jewish groups planned to lead large groups in prayer on Sunday at one of the entrances to the Temple Mount before trying to enter the compound.

Police announced Saturday that there would be no age restrictions on Palestinian visitors to the Temple Mount on Sunday, the last day of Eid al-Adha, a Muslim holiday celebrated worldwide. The complex is closed to Jewish visitors.

Meanwhile, the IDF and Israel police arrested seven wanted individuals in the area of Hebron overnight.

Five of those arrested are suspected of terrorist activities and disturbance of the peace against civilians and security forces.

September 27, 2015 | 1 Comment »

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  1. Rabbi Nahum Eliezer Rabinovich says ‘We do not provoke the Arabs but they must not be allowed to provoke us.’


    plain and simple!
    the GOI continues to allow anti semitism and abuse of Jews in Israel and on the Mount. this is anathema!
    It is better to have an undemocratic gov in the land of the Jews than a gov which tolerates anti semitism and abuse of Jews
    the first place on earth where there should be zero tolerance of anti semitism and abuse of Jews is eretz Yisroel. Democracy with anti semitism is worthless.