Some 3,000 policemen, including Border Guardsmen and special forces, were deployed throughout Jerusalem and environs, to enforce order for the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
As on every Friday during the month of Ramadan - which this year precisely overlaps the Jewish holiday-filled month of Tishrei - tens of thousands of Moslems from Israel and the Palestinian Authority-controlled areas arrived at the Temple Mount for special prayers. Rock-throwings against Jews have sometimes followed the religious services.
Entry to the Temple Mount was restricted by age and place of residence. Israeli-Arabs were allowed in freely, while others were permitted only if they are over age 45 (35 for women).
The conclusion of Ramadan means tension in the Lebanese capital of Beirut as well, as Hizbullah terrorist chieftain Hassan Nasrallah prepares to give his end-of-Ramadan speech. Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, a former Israeli Defense Minister and currently Minister of Infrastructures, told Arutz-7 last year that Israel did not kill Nasrallah during his speech last year "for fear of hurting the many people who were at the event."
In Iran, a massive anti-Zionist rally was scheduled on Friday, billed as a "crushing response to the trend of compromise with the Zionist enemy and a show of support for the resistance movement."