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Violence Flares on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount

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13 Mar 2019 (All day)
Violence Flares on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount
The Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City was operating under heavy security Wednesday following violent attacks by rioters against security forces Tuesday afternoon. “Abu Mazen [PA President Mahmoud Abbas] continued to lie and incite violence together with the terror organizations of Murabitoun and Hamas, in an attempt to ignite a fire and cause a religious war on the Temple Mount,” Public Safety Minister Gilad Erdan said. “We will not allow this to happen. We will continue to act to restore calm on the [Temple Mount]. Police will respond with strength and determination to any act of violence or attempt to harm Israeli sovereignty on the Temple Mount.”

Following a gasoline bomb (Molatov cocktail) attack against an Israeli police station on the Mount around 1 PM Tuesday, police closed access to the Old City through two gates adjacent to predominantly Arab neighborhoods, prompting demands by the Islamist terror militia Hamas and other extremist groups for Palestinians and their supporters to storm the gates and force their way through in a show of defiance. PA government spokesman Yusef al-Mahmoud responded with a statement accusing Israel of seeking “to carry out its schemes to control al-Aqsa Mosque and obliterate the Arab features of Jerusalem.”

United Nations Special Coordinator to the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov tweeted that “Places of worship are for prayer, not for provocations and violence. Restraint must be shown to avoid inflaming an already tense situation. The status quo must be fully respected by all.”

The day’s violence followed several days of tensions between Israel, Palestinian factions and Jordan over the disposition of a building near the Golden Gate on the Temple Mount which the Islamic Wafk wants to renovate for use as a mosque but which Israel insists must remain closed for security reasons. Additionally, recent days have seen a surge in violence along the border between Israel and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Here is a video about the tensions along that border