posted on Oct, 6 2009 @ 08:21 AM
The Jerusalem police were on high alert Tuesday, Oct. 6, for another day of Muslim violence which Monday spread out substantially from Temple Mount to
other parts of Jerusalem including Jewish districts.
Muslim preachers, Palestinian and Israeli Arab, continued all night to call the faithful out "to defend al Aqsa" against Israeli domination,
although Jewish access to Temple Mount has been denied by the police for the entire eight-day Succoth Festival. As the 51st "Jerusalem March" began
Monday (in West Jerusalem only), military units were called in to reinforce security at sensitive points, especially the Old City alleys and its
throngs of visitors.
Raed Salah, head of the Islamic movement of Israeli Arabs, who last week, together with the Palestinian Hamas, stirred up the campaign of violence on
Temple Mount, found support Monday. Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad demanded international intervention to support exclusive Muslim
Palestinian claims to Temple Mount and its shrines.
A far more powerful boost came from the television preacher Yusuf Qardawi, spiritual leader of the international Muslim Brotherhood movement. He urged
all Muslims everywhere to mark Oct. 9 as Al Aqsa Day and fight against the shrine's takeover by "the Jews." His influence is enough to bring
inflamed Muslims streaming to Jerusalem in the coming days.
Deputy prime minister Silvan Shalom said it was time to arrest Raed Salah, who is an Israeli citizen, and outlaw his extremist Islamist movement which
is based in northern Israel.