Watch: Waqf Guard Arrested for Attacking Police

Border Police breaks out pepper spray to capture Waqf member who tried to get Arab rioters on the Mount, in rare anti-Waqf law enforcement.

Orli Harari,

Police officer stands guard near Temple Mount (file)
Police officer stands guard near Temple Mount (file)
Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

A guard with the Jordanian Waqf that enjoys de facto control over the Temple Mount attacked Border Police officers on the Mount Monday morning, and was promptly arrested.

Video from the incident can be viewed by clicking the image below.

The Waqf member clashed with security forces after Arab youths tried to enter the Mount through the Lions Gate on the eastern side of the Mount.

Police responded to the attack by spraying pepper spray and promptly arresting him.

Entry to the Mount continued according to routine despite the incident.

Despite regular harassment and even assaults of non-Muslims on the Temple Mount, arrests of violent Muslim extremists are relatively rare. In fact, Israeli authorities have submitted to the Waqf's demands to ban all forms of non-Muslim worship on the Temple Mount - despite its status as the holiest site in Judaism.

In one case last Tuesday a French tourist was attacked at the Mount by Muslims for carrying an Israeli flag, to which the police responded by arresting the tourist, claiming his actions were in violation of local protocol.

Likewise a Jew was arrested last December for asking that police enforce the law and stop a Muslim soccer game at the holy site. Police previously had promised to enforce the law passed by the High Court years ago banning the soccer games on the Mount.

Jewish activist and attorney Baruch Ben-Yosef last week launched a 1 billion shekel class-action lawsuit against Jordan, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the radical, Muslim Brotherhood-aligned Islamic Movement in Israel for their discrimination against Jews on the Mount.




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