'Palestinians' stone Feiglin on Temple Mount, police bar Jews from site in response - UPDATED WITH VIDEO
The 'Palestinians' stoned MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud-Beiteinu) and a group of 'right wing activists' on the Temple Mount on Thursday morning, and in response police banned Jews from the Mount.
Two Arab rioters were arrested Thursday for attempting to attack MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud Beteinu) as he visited the Temple Mount. Hundreds of rioters threw stones at Feiglin and several individuals who accompanied him. Feiglin was forced to leave the site, and police took steps to break up the riot.
As a result of the riot, the Temple Mount was closed Thursday morning to Jews and to tourists.You didn't really think they'd clear the Arab rioters from the Mount, did you?
After being forced to leave the site Thursday, Feiglin said that “the incidents today show more than ever that the Temple Mount is such a powderkeg specifically because it is clear to the Palestinians that violence pays off. Israeli weakness encourages this violence.”
Police, Feiglin said, did an admirable job of protecting the Jews and tourists caught up in the riot and putting down the riot. “But cutting our visit short and clearing the Mount of Jews on the one hand while allowing the rioters to remain on the other left the victory in the hands of those who initiated the violence, and will only encourage more violence.”Yes, especially when it's the second time this week that's happened.
On Sunday, Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) was also forced to leave the Temple Mount after rioters threw stones at him. Then, too, police cleared the Mount of non-Muslims.
“A reality in which rioters determine the day's agenda on the Temple Mount, and prevent Jewish visitors from ascending [to the Mount], is unacceptable," Ariel stated after the visit. "I went up to the Mount this morning, I intend to keep on doing so in the future, and I demand that security forces help keep Jewish sovereignty intact and allow any Jew to ascend to the Mount freely."Har HaBayit b'Yadeinu? (The Temple Mount is in our hands)?
UPDATE 1:34 PM
Here's video of Feiglin's visit (sorry, Hebrew only).
Let's go to the videotape.