Watch: How Muslim Rioters Prepare for Violence on Temple Mount
The Foreign Ministry released a revealing video showing how radical Islamists barricaded themselves in the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount to attack police during the two day Rosh Hashanah holiday, which spanned from Sunday night to Tuesday night.
A statement from the ministry noted that on Sunday, “a group of some 150 radical Islamic operatives rioted on the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif plaza in Jerusalem’s Old City.”
“The riots were launched with the intent of undermining the status quo on the Temple Mount, which protects the right of Muslims to pray in the al-Aqsa mosque, as well as the freedom of all people, regardless of their faith, to visit the Mount. The rioters disrupted visits by tourists and Israelis to the Temple Mount plaza – the holiest site in Judaism.”
In fact, Israeli law protects the freedom of Jews and other non-Muslims not only to visit the Temple Mount but also to pray there, as the ministry noted by stating, “Israel’s official policy, first laid down in its Declaration of Independence, protectsfreedom of religion and worship for all faiths.”