The Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City was suddenly closed to Jews and tourists, Monday morning, without any advanced notice. Police cited hazards on the holy site, apparently referring to trees that fell because of high winds.
The Joint Task Force of Temple Mount Movements expressed surprise at the move, which came during one of the limited time periods afforded to Jews and non-Muslims, when Muslims were not present. The Task Force protested the sudden closure, claiming it has become a common practice, adding that the police don't feel any obligation to announce closings through accepted channels or coordinate them with anyone other than the Muslim Waqf Authority. The group also expressed concern for Temple Mount antiquities, saying that accumulated experience has shown that Islamic authorities take advantage of situations like this to harm the few Jewish remains that are left on the site.