Jerusalem Deputy Mayor and city council member Dov Kalmanovitz called for order in the Old City following the rioting on the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site, that led to several injuries. In light of Thursday's massive birkat kohanim (priestly blessing) ceremony at the Western Wall, Kalmanovitz urged that stricter police measures be taken. He lamented that the Temple Mount was closed to Jewish residents due to security reasons. He suggested that police close the Temple Mount area to Arab agitators to prevent repeat rioting.
Kalmanovitz is considered the first person injured in the Intifada in 1988 having suffered third-degree burns on 75% of his body due to a firebomb attack.