It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
JERUSALEM — The Israeli authorities closed off all access to a contested holy site in the Old City here on Thursday for the first time in years, a step that a Palestinian spokesman denounced as amounting to “a declaration of war.”
The action came after Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man who was suspected of involvement in an attempt on Wednesday to assassinate a leading agitator for more Jewish access to the site, which Jews call the Temple Mount and Muslims call the Noble Sanctuary. The closure prevented Muslims from worshiping at Al Aksa mosque, one of the three holiest sites in Islam.
The site has been the scene of increasingly fierce clashes between Muslim worshipers and protesters and the Israeli police in recent weeks. Mr. Abbas has accused Israel of trying to change the status quo at the site to allow open Jewish prayer there, something Israeli and Palestinian analysts alike have warned could set off a major conflagration.
Because of the sensitivity of the Temple Mount, Israelis enforce strict security measures for Jews and Muslims alike. For instance, during Friday prayers, any Muslim under the age of 45 is prohibited from ascending the mount; a rule put in place in response to young demonstrators throwing stones at Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall. Additionally, no Jewish groups can pray in the plazas surrounding the mosques or provoke the Muslims.
Yehuda Glick, a prominent Rabbi who worked day and night to restore Jewish rights to visit the Temple Mount
originally posted by: HardCorps
a reply to: buster2010
Look, every country has their nut jobs and visitors who are not respectful of another cultures differences.
Living where I do...SW Colorado... home to Mesa Verde and both the Ute and Navaho Nations every summer we are inundated with tourists...
For us Native Americans we are our more than happy to have visitors attend our ceremonies all we ask is that no photographs are taken during some of those rites... I can not began tell you how many cell phones and camera get confiscated by the tribal police...
now it's been a few years since we last had someone show up on the Rez and demand we raise up to overthrow our White Oppressors... that happens too and usually they are firmly escorted off tribal lands.
No sir, what's going over there now has nothing to do with Mr. Glick being an Israeli-American... It has everything to do with who will take control of Temple Mount and the Al Aksa mosque...
MK Motti Yogev (Jewish Home) said, "The attempted murder in the heart of Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, of Yehuda Glick, a human rights activist on the Temple Mount, is shocking. This requires a ‘Defensive Shield’ style operation in Jerusalem to arrest all the leaders of terrorist organizations.”
After the shooting of Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick Wednesday night, police closed off the Temple Mount to both Jews and Arabs, for fear that mounting tensions between both sides would erupt into a full-fledged riot.
But witnesses Thursday said that the ban had apparently been partially lifted: Arab Muslims were observed on the Mount, but Jews are not being allowed to ascend.
MK Zvulun Kalfa (Jewish Home), a member of the Knesset's special committee on Temple Mount matters, said that “closing the Temple Mount to Jews, while allowing rioting Arabs to traipse freely on the holy site, shows our weakness and our willingness to surrender sovereignty. This is the appropriate time to increase our presence and sovereignty there.
"Al Aksa mosque, third-holiest site in Islam. AKA gold-domed shrine, the Dome of the Rock."