Temple Mount riots (file)
Temple Mount riots (file) Credit: Sliman Khader

Israel Police prevented the entry of Arab teenagers via the Gate of the Tribes to the Temple Mount on Tuesday morning, for fear of disrupting police patrols and interfering with visits to Judaism's holiest site. 

The teens rioted in response, throwing objects and bottles at police and Border Patrol officers and chanting Allahu Akhbar (Arabic: G-d is Great - ed.). 

During the ensuing chaos, a Muslim woman bit an Israel Police officer on the hand; she was arrested shortly thereafter. A 13 year-old boy was also detained for throwing eggs. 

Israel Police restrained the remainder of the riots with riot dispersal measures. 

Despite regular harassment, rioting, 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 Jordanian Waqf's demands to ban all forms of non-Muslim worship on the Temple Mount - despite its status as the holiest site in Judaism - to the point of turning a blind eye to outright incitement. 

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