Israeli Military Police Video Shows Close-Up of Violence on Temple Mount
A new video was released by Israel’s Yasam Military Police Unit showing a snippet of the violence that occurs every Friday on the Temple Mount, Israeli Channel 2’s military correspondent reported on Wednesday.
The video showed what an average day of dealing with tensions atop the Temple Mount looks like, beginning the moment riot police organize themselves, donning their protective body armor over signature black jumpsuits — wearing helmets and carrying their weapons in case of emergency, while receiving a briefing from their commanding officer.
One of the riot officers says, “We arrive very early in the morning, when [the Muslims are] praying — quiet hours when you pass the time and prepare for what comes afterward.”
The riot police are also filmed breaking through a barricade into the Temple Mount, as worshipers threw stones and others incited to violence.
They are shown subduing the crowd with tear gas, as flares are hurled near the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Several seeking shelter in the mosque also throw stones.
At another point, the officers are shown carrying their riot shields, such as in the Testudo formation, to protect themselves from the rocks thrown at them while they try to quell the barricaded crowd.
One officer says, “I can’t believe what’s happening here. They are really gearing up for a war; they are really trying to harm, to kill.”
Police are also shown using heavy water cannons against ultra-Orthodox Jewish rioters overturning trashcans.