Violent Mob Attacks Police on Temple Mount

Police forced to use riot control measures at Judaism's holiest site against latest round of pre-holiday Muslim riots.

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Tova Dvorin, | updated: 09:45

Muslims on Temple Mount (file)
Muslims on Temple Mount (file)
Sliman Hader / Flash 90

Dozens of Muslim rioters attacked the Israel Police on the Temple Mount on Sunday, ahead of the Sukkot holiday beginning Sunday night.

A police statement said young Palestinian Arabs "threw rocks and fireworks at police and border police forces," who responded with "riot dispersal means." 

No injuries were reported. 

The perpetrators were apparently part of the Mourabitoun and Mourabitat, Muslim men and women who serve as guards over the Mount by harassing and occasionally assaulting Jews who visit.

Both groups were recently banned from the Temple Mount for their history of provocative behavior, including violence and incitement. 

The band apparently ascended the Temple Mount at night and stayed there to stage the riot, as well as flouting recent security measures designed to reduce violence at Judaism's holiest site. 

Violence has been going on at the Temple Mount complex since before Rosh Hashanah, when masked Muslim rioters hurled rocks and fireworks at police on the Temple Mount, as well as firebombs near two entrances to the site. Riots have continued on and off for over a week.

Sunday's rioting was apparently meant to mark the upcoming Jewish holiday - not to attack Jewish visitors themselves - as the Mount was closed to Jewish visitors entirely in anticipation of more unrest. 

Earlier Sunday, MKs from the Arab Joint List party ascended the Mount in support of the ban on Jewish visitors and worship, in their latest stunt to oppose Jewish visits to the holy site. 

"We are here, and we thank the Arab public for answering calls to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque from settlers," MK Basel Ghattas stated, using the term commonly used by Arabs to refer to Jewish visitors, adding that he encourages the Muslim public to continue making the site inaccessible to Jews in the future. 








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