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30 Arabs arrested for rioting on the Temple Mount over holiday weekend

By Mason White 6:02 PM September 8, 2013
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By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) Thirty Arabs were arrested over the Rosh Hashanah holiday weekend for rioting on the Temple Mount, according to police reports.

Jerusalem police said that several riots erupted in and around the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem over the Rosh Hashanah holiday weekend.

On Tuesday, police in Jerusalem issued a statement detailing additional security measures that were implemented to safeguard Jewish worshipers over Rosh Hashanah. After the statement was released, Islamic Sheikh Raed Salah urged his followers to prevent Jews from visiting the Temple Mount.

Salah was arrested by security forces on Tuesday afternoon, and police later obtained a court order prohibiting him from Jerusalem for several weeks.

Unrest in the Temple Mount began Wednesday morning. The police, who had prior intelligence that this would occur, deployed additional forces. The unrest spread around midday, when dozens of Arabs began throwing stones at security forces stationed in the area.

Rioting resumed Friday at noon after the end of the weekly religious service, which takes place at the Al-Aqsa mosque. Dozens of Arabs began throwing stones at security forces stationed in the area, and clashes occurred near the Mughrabi Gate.

In both conflicts, 30 Arabs were arrested for disorderly conduct and for assaulting police officers.
Jerusalem Police said that the security forces in the capital will remain on high alert through the Sukkot Holiday.