Update: Arabs, Islamic Waqf Staff Clash w/ Israel Police, Jewish Visitors on Temple Mount
For the fourth day in a row, a mob of dozens of Arabs attacked Jews Wednesday morning who came on pilgrimage to the Temple Mount compound.
Arab rioters have been stockpiling rocks, cement blocks, fireworks, firecrackers, rocks, firebombs and pipebombs in the Al Aqsa mosque on the site for use as ammunition against visiting Jewish pilgrims and Israeli security personnel. They have even broken walls within the holy mosque in order to use the pieces as weapons during their riots, according to a Jerusalem official.
Israel Police were physically assaulted by Islamic Waqf mainenance personnel in the morning on the Temple Mount after they attempted to protect a group of Jewish visitors to the site from screaming Arabs who hurled bottles at them in the compound.
According to a report, the Islamic Waqf maintenance personnel showed no apprehension or concern that they would be reprimanded by their own security staff as they attacked Israeli police officers who were guarding the Jewish visitors.
A Muslim mob quickly gathered and surrounded the Jewish tourists despite a recent order signed by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, banning such groups.
Israeli police deployed at the compound attempted to protect the Jewish visitors and to distance the Muslim mob, but at that point, the Waqf maintenance personnel began to shove the police officers and then simply attacked them.
Although Israeli police acted “with great restraint” Arab rioters succeeded in hurling a bottle at the Jewish visitors.
Miraculously, none of the Jews were physically injured.