Islamic Jihad, Hamas threaten Israel after Jews ascend Temple Mount

The Jerusalem Post reports: “Islamic Jihad and Hamas threatened increased violence after 1,729 Jewish worshipers ascended the Temple Mount Sunday, according to police numbers cited by the Internal Security Ministry. Earlier in the day, Israel Police had closed the mount and short but violent protests erupted.

Four officers were injured, as well several Muslim and Jewish worshipers in the event.


Palestinians said 40 Muslim worshipers were injured, including PLO Executive Committee member Adnan Husseini, who previously served as Palestinian Authority minister for Jerusalem affairs, and Abdel Azim Salhab, chairman of the Wakf Council in east Jerusalem.


‘Israel is trying to impose a new reality in the al-Aqsa mosque and there will be repercussions for it,’ Islamic Jihad official Fuad a-Razm said.

‘We are tracking Israel’s steps,’ said Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. ‘This is a violation of the rights of millions of Muslims.’

Police early morning announced that the Temple Mount would be closed to Jews, despite Sunday being the Jewish fast day of Tisha Be’av, which commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. Police first blamed the prime minister, who denied he was involved…”

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