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Temple Mount Open to Jews on 9th Av for First Time in 3 Years

Police entered the area and dispersed Muslim rioters. There were no casualties, and the police have remained in place to maintain order.
By Sarah Leah Lawent
First Publish: 8/5/2014, 10:36 AM

Jews pray on Temple Mount
Jews pray on Temple Mount
Temple Mount HQ

Yehuda Glick, head of the LIBA Movement for Freedom of Movement on the Temple Mount, expressed his satisfaction that "for the first time in three years the Temple Mount has been opened to Jews on Tisha b'Av."

"300 Jews have already come, including MK Shuli Muallem-Refaeli (Jewish Home).  Afterward, we went to Commander of the Old City, David Avi Biton, and expressed our appreciation of the wonderful work the police were doing today," Glick added.

Earlier this morning, masked Arabs arrived at the Temple Mount throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at the security forces. Police entered the area and dispersed the rioters. There were no casualties, and the police have remained in place to maintain order.

Last night the Jerusalem District Police arrested 27 Arabs suspected participating in the rioting in East Jerusalem. 

Thus far, 457 suspects have been arrested for rioting, of which 160 have been served indictments. Additional arrests are anticipated.