Daily Israel Report

Muslim Rioters Stone Police on Temple Mount

Twenty rioters lob stones at police following Muslim prayers, retreat to Al-Aqsa Mosque.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 6/13/2014, 2:31 PM

Muslim rioters on the Temple Mount (file)
Muslim rioters on the Temple Mount (file)
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Twenty masked Muslim rioters on Friday pelted police forces with stones on the Temple Mount. The attack occurred at the Rambam (Mughrabi) Gate, the only point of access for Jewish visitors to the holiest site in Judaism.

The twenty launched their rock barrage at the end of Muslim prayers on Friday.

Police forces broke in through the Gate, pushing the rioters back into the Al-Aqsa Mosque where they took cover.

The situation is currently reported as being under control, with visitors being dispersed from the site.

Muslim violence on the holy site has seen a sharp skyrocketing this week, with police responding each time by blocking Jewish access.

On Sunday, Jewish visitors were removed from the site by police through the Chain Gate on the western side of the Temple Mount, after Muslim rioters threw stones and shoes at them from the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The script repeated itself on Monday, when police removed a Jewish group consisting of a groom and his entourage through the Gate of the Tribes, after Muslim visitors tried to corner them from different sides in a threatening manner.

Then on Tuesday, Muslims visitors to the Temple Mount formed a riotous mob on the inner side of the Rambam Gate, prompting Israeli police to submit to their violent outbursts and ban Jewish entry. The raucous mob was caught on video.

Yehuda Glick, head of the LIBA Movement for Freedom of Movement on the Temple Mount, condemned the police submission to Muslim violence.

"Someone has to wake up before there's a tragedy. We can't give a prize to rioters. The barrage in recent days doesn't bode well; the government has to order the police to take serious preventative actions before this dangerous snowball explodes in all our faces," warned Glick.