February 25 - Temple Mount Violence as Rabbis Demand Control of Holy Site
Article: Israel And The Last Days
Muslim youth congregated atop Jerusalem’s Temple Mount exploded in violence on Tuesday, just days after leading rabbis demanded that Israel officially extend its sovereignty over the ancient Jewish holy site.
As Israeli police officers opened the Mughrabi Gate, the only Temple Mount entrance available to Jews and Christians, a mob of Muslim youth pelted the Israelis with stones and firecrackers. Two Israeli police officers were wounded and three rioters were arrested in the ensuing melee.
Police officials believed the incident was linked to a Knesset debate regarding Israeli control of the Temple Mount that was scheduled for later in the day. The Knesset debate was scheduled in response to an official complaint filed by MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud) over “the loss of Israeli sovereignty on the Temple Mount.”
Feiglin and other Israeli lawmakers have increasingly lamented the lack of religious freedom for Jews and Christians at the Temple Mount. Non-Muslim are forbidden to pray or carry Bibles when visiting the compound for fear of provoking Muslim unrest.