Violence paid off for Muslim hooligans Thursday, as they succeeded in causing Jews to be kicked off the Temple Mount – and even caused the Kotel to be sealed off for some time.
As the embedded video shows, police placed barricades and stopped Jews from entering the Kotel Plaza, although an exceptionally large number of people were anxious to get in and pray – as is usual during the holiday of Sukkot.
The Temple activists who distributed the video said that the Kotel was closed off about 10 minutes.
Rav Yisrael Fertig, spokesman for the Temple Mount HQ, explained to Arutz Sheva that the video was shot around noontime, when police received instructions to push out a group of about 100 Temple activists who had been waiting to ascend to the Mount. The group waited in an area that is inside the Kotel Plaza and adjacent to the entrance to the plaza. The video was shot from just outside the entrance.
As the police pushed out the activists, the other Jews who were waiting to enter the Kotel could not do so. Some mayhem erupted, with one or two people shouting obscenities at the police.
Sukkot is one of the three holidays in which Jews from all over the Land of Israel, and outside it as well, made pilgrimage to the Temple Mount, when the Temple was functioning.