End Times News Update
Sign: Temple Mount/Holy Place
Scripture: Daniel 9:27, Matthew 24:15 & 2 Thessalonians 2:4
News Source: My Way News
Clashes at Jerusalem holy site for third straight day
Sep 15, 6:46 PM (ET)
By IAN DEITCH
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister vowed tougher measures to
curb Palestinian violence at an emergency meeting Tuesday night after
police clashed with Palestinian protesters in a third straight day of
unrest at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site during the Jewish new
year holiday of Rosh Hashanah.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel “will use all necessary
measures to fight against those who throw stones, firebombs, pipe
bombs and fireworks in order to attack civilians and police. On the
eve of the holiday it was again proven that throwing stones can kill.”
He said he will take steps so that attackers will face tougher
On Monday an Israel died after Palestinians pelted his car with rocks.
And several Israeli civilians and police were injured in various
attacks by Palestinians this week.
Netanyahu said Israel is committed to ensuring the status quo at the
holy site but that “rioters won’t be allowed to stop Jewish visitors”
to the hilltop.
Police entered the Al-Aqsa mosque compound early in the morning to
disperse a group of protesters who had holed up inside the mosque
overnight, said police spokeswoman Luba Samri. The protesters threw
rocks, fireworks, concrete blocks and a firebomb at the officers, she
said, adding that two Palestinians were arrested and five police
officers were slightly injured in the violence.
A firebomb thrown at police from within the mosque ignited a rug and
wooden planks piled up by the protesters, Samri said. Mosque officials
later extinguished the fire and the police managed to restore calm and
open the site for visitors, she added.
Azzam Khatib, the director of the Waqf — the Islamic religious
authority that oversees the compound — said Israeli police entered
deep inside the mosque in what he called “a very dangerous
development.” Police denied the allegation and said officers only
removed the barricade that protesters had set up at the entrance.
The director of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Omar Kiswani, blamed Israeli police
for the tensions and said the gate used for visitors to access the
site should be shut. He did not comment on the protesters’ alleged use
of firebombs from within the sacred place, the third holiest site in
Islam. Police have said that firecrackers and firebombs thrown from
within the mosque have caused fires.
Nearby, more Palestinian protesters gathered and police used tear gas
and stun grenades to disperse them. Later, police said a Palestinian
attacked two young Jews in Jerusalem’s Old City, then ran away. He was
later arrested, police said.
Late Tuesday, three Palestinians were wounded in clashes between
militants from the Islamic Jihad group and Palestinian security forces
in the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank, doctors and security
officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity under regulations.
Palestinian police raided the camp after militants from Islamic Jihad
opened fire during their own press conference, in anger over the
incidents at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. Palestinian police
exchanged fire with the militants. One policeman and two bystanders
were wounded in the shooting, according to witnesses who spoke on
condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.
The compound in Jerusalem’s Old City is a frequent flashpoint and its
fate is a core issue at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
It is known to Jews as the Temple Mount, site of the two biblical
Jewish temples. Muslims revere it as the Noble Sanctuary, where they
believe the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven.
Non-Muslim visitors are only allowed to enter the site at specific
hours and are banned by police from praying there.
Muslims view these visits as a provocation and accuse Jewish
extremists of plotting to take over the site. The compound often
becomes the center of tensions on major Jewish holidays such as Rosh
Hashana, which ends Tuesday night.
The site is so holy for Jews that they traditionally have refrained
from praying on the hilltop, congregating instead at the adjacent
Israel’s chief rabbis, as well as the rabbi of the Western Wall, have
issued directives urging people not to ascend the Temple Mount,
arguing that Jews could inadvertently enter the holiest area of the
once-standing temple, where it was forbidden to tread.
But there is a movement advocating the rights for Jews to pray at the
hilltop. Some try and get around the ban on prayers by secretly
mumbling the words.
Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian official, blamed Israel for the
unrest, claiming that Netanyahu “is trying to push us to the cycle of
violence, extremism, bloodshed and chaos.”
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon rejected the
allegations, adding that the recent skirmishes are “an attempt by
Palestinians to change the status quo in a violent way.”
Jordan, which has a peace treaty with Israel, administers Muslim
religious affairs at the site and Jordanian King Abdullah II warned
Israel on Monday night to restore calm.
“Any more provocations in Jerusalem, will affect the relationship
between Jordan and Israel; and Jordan will have no choice, but to take
action, unfortunately,” he said.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat denounced “extremists who transform holy
sites into places of terror.”
The current round of tensions at the site erupted Sunday morning hours
ahead of the Jewish new year holiday. Police said clashes erupted
after policemen entered the area to ensure security following reports
that Palestinian protesters were planning to disrupt visits to the
area and had stockpiled firecrackers and rocks.
Israel’s acting Police Chief Bentzi Sau said hundreds more officers
were brought to Jerusalem to beef up police presence.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the United States “remains
deeply concerned by the recent violence and escalating tensions” and
called on all sides to exercise restraint “and preserve unchanged the
historic status quo” at the holy site “both in word and in practice.”
The U.N.’s Mideast envoy Nikolay Mladenov warned that the clashes
between Israelis and Palestinians in and around Jerusalem’s holy sites
have the potential to ignite violence well beyond the walls of its old
city, pointing to “a vicious tide of terror and extremism” in the
Mladenov urged all parties to refrain from “provocative actions and
rhetoric” and called on political, community and religious leaders to
ensure that visitors and worshippers “demonstrate restraint and
respect for the sanctity of the area.”
Source: My Way News