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Hundreds of Arab visitors to the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, surrounded and harassed a group of Jews visiting the site on Wednesday morning.
The group’s guide, Asaf Fried, toldÂ Arutz ShevaÂ about the incident in which Arab rioters shouted at the Jews, chanting “Allahu Akbar” (“Allah is great”), and holding up three fingers in a celebratory sign of the three Israeli teens kidnapped two weeks ago.
Video from the charged confrontation, in which at one point a Muslim woman hits the camera, can be seen here:
Fried toldÂ Arutz ShevaÂ that in the 22 years that he has been visited theMount, he has never seen such a serious and shocking breaching of the public order.
Israeli police authorized the visit of Fried’s large group of Jews who came from around Israel, but the harassment began soon after they ascended to theÂ Mount.
“We’re already used to them shouting at us,” said Friend, noting that police directives mandate that when faced by Arab shouting, Jewish groups are to advance quickly and try to escape the Arab visitors.
This time however things got out of hand, as more and more Arab rioters joined the jeering mob as the Jewish group advanced.
“It started with children in a Hamas summer camp, continued with women who joined and slowly the wave of attackers swelled. More and more older people joined the calls of ‘Khaybar Khaybar O Jews,’” said Fried, noting an anti-Semitic Muslim call recalling an alleged massacre of Jews in Mohammed’s times.
Fried reported that the Muslim rioters threwÂ , along with the shouts and curses. Eventually the deafening din caused Fried to stop trying to provide the group he was guiding with information about the holy site, given that he simply could not be heard.
Police tried to separate between the approaching Arab rioters and the Jewish group, with more officers showing up as the situation grew quickly out of the control.
However, Fried reports that the roughly 40 officers’ attempt to separate collapsed in the face of the hundreds of Arab rioters. At that point, the police occupied themselves with hurrying the Jewish group off of the MountÂ as quickly as possible.
“We can’t pray, but they can curse and throw things”
“It wasn’t just an unpleasant feeling, but rather a feeling that at any second someone could whip out a knife and stab someone. The local rules of visiting prevent us from praying out loud and we are forced to receive those rules and pray in our hearts, but they are allowed to curse, shout and throw things …read more