Rabbi Calls For Condemnation Of Rosh Hashana Temple Mount Rioters

September 9, 2013

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Temple Mount

Even them will I bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer; their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall be acceptable upon Mine altar; for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. (Isaiah 56:7)

Temple Mount
A masked Palestinian youth throws a stone towards Israeli riot police during clashes following Friday prayers at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound. Israeli police fired stun grenades at stone-throwing Palestinian protesters after Friday prayers in Jerusalem’s Old City, arresting 15 of them, police said. (Photo: Sliman Khader/Flash 90)

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, the Rabbi of the Western Wall, called on the world Saturday night to condemn the Muslim riots on the Temple Mount during the Jewish New Year. The Palestinian protesters threw rocks at Israeli police and Jewish worshipers on on Friday from the Temple Mount, following prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, The Times of Israel reported. Approximately 15 rioters were arrested.

“Their goal was to hurt the Jews who came to pray at the Western Wall on Rosh Hashanah,” Rabbi Rabinovitch said in a statement issued Saturday night.

“All violence should be condemned, but all the more so when it comes to the holiest place of the Jewish people. The world should condemn this act, and express contempt for this attempt to hurt worshipers on a holy day.”

Rabbi Rabinovitch also pointed out that during the recent Muslim holy month of Ramadan, police and Jewish officials facilitated the Muslim community’s need to worship at the holy site, even though it meant “difficulties for Jewish worshipers at shared holy sites” such as the Western Wall.

The arrests came two days after the arrests of at least seven Palestinians who threw stones at Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount in advance of Rosh Hashanah.

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