Tension at Temple Mount is escalating week by week

Hamas activists burn a coffin draped in an Israeli flag, during a rally marking the 13th anniversary of the so-called Al-Aqsa uprising or Second Intifada, in the refugee camp of Nusairat, central Gaza Strip, Sept. 27 2013 (photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

Hamas activists burn a coffin draped in an Israeli flag, during a rally marking the 13th anniversary of the so-called Al-Aqsa uprising or Second Intifada, in the refugee camp of Nusairat, central Gaza Strip, Sept. 27 2013 (photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

Radical Muslim and Jewish groups at times seem to have forged an unholy alliance to push for holy war

(SOURCE)  Early on Friday evenings, they meet at the Temple Mount — a group of worshipers who differ from the others in appearance, and especially ideology. The group consists of 50-70 men who sit or stand together and listen to lectures on the Koran in the square outside Al-Aqsa Mosque.

These are not the Hamas supporters seen often at the compound, known to Muslims as Haram a-Sharif, nor are they members of the Kharkat al-Tahrir movement (despite their similar attire and ideology). They are, rather, members of the Salafi movement who believe in imitating the ways of the Prophet Muhammad and his immediate followers, and they are becoming an almost permanent presence on the Temple Mount.

 While these are not terrorists like members of the Al-Salafiya Al-Jihadiya organization, who operate today in many Middle Eastern countries and recently in the West Bank as well, their presence at Al-Aqsa is not a comforting sight, particularly given the increasing hostilities between Jews and Muslims at this acutely sensitive and contested spot.

Last Sunday, the Jerusalem District Police was forced to close the Temple Mount when a group of Jews visited the site during the hours designated for non-Muslim visitors and began to sing Hanukkah songs. Dozens of Muslims, including Islamic extremists (not necessarily the Salafis) who are permanent fixtures on the mount, attacked the Jewish group as dozens of police officers tried to disperse the violent confrontation. Four worshipers — Jewish and Muslim — were arrested.

On Wednesday, the compound was closed to visitors and worshipers once again after fireworks were shot at police from the Al-Aqsa Mosque. There was more, minor, trouble after prayers on Friday.

Combined with other incidents on the Temple Mount over recent weeks, this seems to be just the beginning.

Read Full Article…

 

1 thought on “Tension at Temple Mount is escalating week by week

  1. And it shall happen in that day that “I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples” Zechariah 12:3 a

Comments are closed.