After Palestinian Riots, Non-Muslims Barred From Temple Mount

Israeli police have closed the Temple Mount to non-Muslim visitors until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan following several days of Palestinian riots, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Police said several masked youth attacked Israeli Jews, tourists, and officers at the site — the holiest in Judaism and home to al-Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam — on Sunday and Monday. The violence continued on Tuesday, when rocks and other objects were thrown at Jewish worshipers in the Western Wall, which the Temple Mount overlooks. One 73-year-old woman praying at the plaza was struck in the head by a rock and treated on-site for her injury. Sixteen suspects were arrested during the riots.

Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat slammed the determination to close the site to non-Muslims, saying “we must not make decisions under pressure from violent disturbances.”

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    The Israelis should dismantle that place brick by brick and reassemble it in the Dead Sea.

    • Ego

      Into a synagogue.

      • Danielle Owens


  • Brett_McS

    The bureaucratic calculus: Easier to ban the law-abiding than control the savage.

  • Achmed

    There will be peace when all is Islam!

  • Alain

    Keep rewarding them for rioting and they will never stop. The mayor is bang on.