A Christian tourist from France was assaulted by Muslims atop Jerusalem’s Temple Mount on Tuesday after waving an Israeli flag at Judaism’s holiest site.
Video footage of the incident showed the Christian man being mobbed by at least four assailants who beat him about the head with stones. His life was likely saved by Israeli police forcibly intervening and escorting the bloodied tourist from site.
The victim was taken to a local hospital and reported to be in stable condition. He now faces charges for disrupting public order. Jews and Christians are forbidden to express their faith in any way, shape or form while visiting the Temple Mount for fear of violent Muslim backlash, just as happened on Tuesday.
Four assailants, including a member of the Islamic Trust that oversees the Temple Mount, were arrested for taking part in the attack on a Christian visitor.
A day later, local Muslim and Arab Christian leaders signed a document asserting that the Jews had no religious or historical connection to the Temple Mount, and therefore should not be permitted to visit the holy site.
The Temple Mount is “purely and exclusively sacred to Muslims,” declared former Jerusalem mufti Sheikh Ekrima Sabri at a press conference presenting the “Blessed Aksa Mosque Document.”
Many local Arab Christian leaders have gone along with and even supported such claims by their Muslim counterparts, despite the fact that the New Testament is full of descriptions of the Temple Mount as a site most holy to the Jewish people, including Yeshua (Jesus) himself (John 2:15–16).