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July 16, 2013 7:35 am

Jerusalem’s Temple Mount Closed to Jews After Arab Protests

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A view of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Photo: wiki commons.

JTA – The Jerusalem Police closed the Temple Mount to Jewish visitors a day after Arabs protested such visits. The closure on Tuesday coincided with the fast of Tisha B’av, a day of Jewish mourning for the destruction of the two Jewish Temples that were located on the site.

Police reportedly closed the site to Jewish and Christian visitors to prevent clashes with Arabs who are observing the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Muslims are being allowed to enter the Temple Mount compound, however, to pray at the Dome of the Rock mosque.

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