Defiance through prayer
Watch: Visitors Not Deterred by Jerusalem Violence

Jewish worshipers at the Kotel this morning tell Arutz Sheva why last night's terrorist attacks only strengthened their resolve to come.

Yoni Kempinski ,

Hoshana Rabbah prayers at the Kotel
Hoshana Rabbah prayers at the Kotel
Yoni Kempinski

If last night's terrorist attacks were meant to dissuade Jews from visiting Jerusalem during the Sukkot festival, the terrorists appear to have failed miserably.

Thousands of worshipers from across Israel and throughout the Jewish Diaspora converged on the Kotel (Western Wall) plaza for dawn prayers Sunday morning, to mark Hoshana Rabba - the final day of Sukkot and a date which marks the very end of the period of repentance which started one month before Rosh Hashana.

Speaking to Arutz Sheva, worshipers said that far from scaring them off, the attacks had in fact stiffened their resolve to come to Jerusalem.

Also on Sunday, some 90 Jewish visitors visited the Temple Mount, along with 410 tourists, according to police figures. The visits came after tough security measures were implemented in response to last night's terror attacks, which included a ban on Palestinians from entering Jerusalem, and a ban on Muslim men under the age of 50 visiting the Temple Mount.

Three Jewish visitors were arrested for "breaching the rules" at the Temple Mount. Despite being the holiest in Judaism, Jews are forbidden from praying on the Mount due to fears of violence from Muslims, who claim the site as their own.

Police also said that a large group of Muslim women - potentially members of radical Islamist groups who regularly turn up to harass Jewish worshipers - were dispersed from the Via Dolorosa area after disturbing the peace.




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