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November 5, 2014 11:50 am

Arab Rioters Temporarily Shut Temple Mount to Visitors

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The Temple Mount in Jerusalem. – Masked Arab rioters threw rocks and shot fireworks at Israeli security personnel on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Wednesday, in the latest outbreak of violence at the sensitive site.

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to tourists and Jewish visitors due to the riot. It was later reopened after the riot was dispersed. Additional security forces were called to the scene to restore order.

During the closure, a delegation of Arab Members of Knesset, including Hanin Zoabi (Balad), attempted to enter the Temple Mount, but were barred from doing so. This prompted Zoabi to launch a verbal assault on Israeli security personnel. The delegation, including Zoabi, was later permitted to enter the Temple Mount after it was reopened, according to Israel Hayom.

The Temple Mount has recently been the scene of a number of similar riots. Last week, Israeli activist Rabbi Yehudah Glick, a prominent proponent of allowing Jews to pray on the Temple Mount, was shot by an Arab assailant outside the Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem and was seriously wounded. The perpetrator was later killed in a shootout with police who had sought to arrest him.

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