Temple Mount: Officer injured during arrest of Islamic guard who insulted, spat at non-Muslim visitors

Temple Mount: Officer injured during arrest of Islamic guard who insulted, spat at non-Muslim visitors

A Police officer was lightly wounded by a member of the Jordanian-based Muslim Waqf Wednesday morning on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount after he was arrested for harassing non-Muslim visitors touring the Jewish holy site.

The incident began when a member of the Islamic Waqf hurled insults and spat at non-Muslim visitors during a standard tour.

Police officers arrested the Waqf official terrorist, who refused and attacked them, injuring one of the officers. The officer was evacuated to a Jerusalem hospital for treatment.

The Waqf official, identified by Arab media as Mohannad Idris, was also injured and was taken to Al Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem for treatment.

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The incident came ahead of Sunday when the Jewish fast day of Tisha B’Av coincides with the beginning of the Muslim “festival of the animal sacrifices,”  in which thousands of sheep, goats, and cows are slaughtered to celebrate Eid al-Adha.

“This very serious attack by a member of the Waqf on the Temple Mount against police officers is just one of many attempts by Muslims to escalate the conflict over the Temple Mount at any price in order to force its closure to Jews during the Tisha B’Av fast,” The Temple Institute said in a statement.