Fed up with incessant Muslim violence atop Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, police forces on Monday surprised rioters preparing to attack visiting non-Muslims and locked them inside the Al Aqsa Mosque.
Arab Muslims have been using the holy site as a base for attacks on Jews and Christians all week as Israel marks the biblical festival of Sukkot, one of three holidays during which the Jewish people are commanded to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.
Police intelligence indicated that rioters intended to escalate the violence on Monday, and in preparation had stockpiled a large number of rocks, firebombs, iron bars and other improvised weapons inside the Al Aqsa Mosque. The Muslims had also set barriers to prevent the doors of the mosque being closed on them.
Immediately after morning prayers on Monday, a sizable police force surprised the rioters, and following a brief skirmish managed to remove the obstacles and shut the doors of the Al Aqsa Mosque, trapping the rioters within and enabling non-Muslims to visit the Temple Mount in relative peace.
In addition to again highlighting the attempted belligerent suppression of religious freedom by the Temple Mount’s Muslim overseers, the incident demonstrated that while local Muslims will howl over any damage caused to their holy sites by Israel, they have no problem using said holy sites as bases for what amounts to terrorist violence.