- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Police forces had to break up an escalating riot on the Temple Mount Wednesday, after Muslims began throwing stones at Jewish visitors only a few days after an Islamic leader called for Muslims to physically prevent Jews from visiting the the sacred city, Israeli media reported.

Security forces were prepared for a riot since Sheikh Raed Salah renewed incitement against Jews, Arutz Sheva reported.

Yesterday, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel was arrested on charges of “incitement against Israel and regarding the Temple Mount,” the report said.

Salah preached last week that Israel is planning to “break in” to the Temple Mount, on which the Islamic Al Aqsa mosque is located, built atop the ruins of two Jewish Temples, the report said.

He then called on Muslims from across Israel — “from the Negev and Galilee, Akko and Haifa” — to travel to the Temple Mount to prevent the “dangerous mass invasion into Al Aqsa,” the report said.

In the past, such threats have led Israeli Police to close off the Temple Mount to Jews, but the policy caused too much controversy.

“The Temple Mount is the holiest place for the Jewish People, and must be open at any hour to every Jew,” said Minister of Construction and Housing, Uri Ariel, according to Arutz Sheva. “I intend to continue to support the State of Israel’s full sovereignty over the site. This is a non-negotiable issue, with no room for argument.”

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