After their Friday prayers on the Temple Mount, Muslims rioted yet again. They threw stones and launched fireworks at Israeli police. The police had to clear the Temple Mount and had to close all access to the gates in order to disperse the rioters. Some of the rioters ran into the Al-Aqsa Mosque to hide and continue rioting. This led the Israeli police to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for the first time in 20 years in order to arrest the rioters.
When the prayer service on the Temple Mount concluded on Friday, rioters began to shoot fireworks and throw rocks at the Israeli police forces outside the Temple Mount.
The police has to enter the Temple Mount compound to put an end to the riot. They used stun and smoke grenades to control the clashes and disperse the rioters.
Instead of leaving the Mount, dozens of Muslim rioters and protesters barricaded themselves inside the Al-Aqsa mosque.
The police then stormed the mosque for the first time in around 20 years.
Israeli Police Statement
“Police entered the Temple Mount compound and began evacuating the site. During dispersal of the rioters, police arrested a number of suspects,” the Israel Police said in a statement. We plan “to take a strong and uncompromising hand against the suspects arrested and others who were involved.”
The protesters wounded four Israeli police officers were wounded in the clashes. Muslim authorities said that Israeli police hurt dozens of people with stun grenades.
According to the Jerusalem Police Spokesperson, Israel arrested a total of 24 suspects.
Instead of condemning the Muslims from rioting on the Temple Mount, the PA, Hamas and Jordan had the following reactions.
The office of Palestinian Authority President Abbas said this: “The continued Israeli attacks against occupied Jerusalem will increase tensions. It will drag the region into a religious war that we have long warned against.”
Meanwhile, the Hamas terror group called on Muslims to defend the Al-Aqsa mosque. They also called on “the residents in Jerusalem and the West Bank to rise against Israel with all of their might.”
And the Jordanian government spokeswoman, Jumana Ghneimat, condemned “ongoing Israeli provocations at the mosque compound, including the storming of the site on Friday by Israeli police and their assault on Palestinian worshipers and employees of the Religious Endowments Authority.”
Ghneimat also said that the Israeli actions were “a violation of international conventions that stress the need to respect places of worship.”
A Holy Site to Arabs?
Too bad these officials ignore the fact that is was the Muslim worshipers who disrespected the place of worship by instigating the whole episode with violence against the Israeli police!
The following question must be asked. If the Temple Mount was truly holy to Arabs, why would they riot there? Why use it as a place for violence. Doesn’t that behavior desecrate a holy site?