Jews Celebrate Jerusalem Day on Temple Mount Despite Outrage and Riots from Arabs

Jewish men pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem Old City during Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), June 2, 2019. | Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

As Jews celebrated the liberation of Jerusalem and the reunification of the city in the 1967 Six-Day War, Arabs outraged that Jews had been given limited access to the Temple Mount for the occasion hurled chairs, stones and other objects at security forces, according to the Israel Police Spokesperson’s Unit on Sunday.

Security staff responded with riot-dispersal maneuvers, and hundreds of Jews were permitted to continue to walk through the holy site in groups.

The Temple Mount is typically restricted to Jews during Ramadan, out of concern for the sensitivities of Muslim worshippers.

However, an exception was made for Jerusalem Day, which fell during Ramadan this year. Jerusalem Day marks the 52nd anniversary of the liberation of the Temple Mount, Western Wall and eastern side of the city, as well as the historic Judea and Samaria regions to the south and north of the capital.

This was first time in 31 years that non-Muslims were allowed on the Temple Mount during the last days of Ramadan.

Initially police had said the holy site would be closed to non-Muslims, but the decision was subsequently retracted.

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SOURCE: JNS World News