The Battle for the Temple Mount That Took Place This Jerusalem Day
A battle was fought on the Temple Mount on Sunday morning between Palestinians who resorted to violence and the Israeli police who stood firm, protecting the rights of Jews to visit their holiest site on a special day. And just as the IDF won exactly 52 years ago, justice prevailed again.
The 52nd celebration of Jerusalem Day began Saturday evening and will continue through to Sunday Evening. This fell during the final days of the month-long Ramadan period which ends on Wednesday. Though the Ramadan is intended to be a period of intensified Muslim devotion, it is frequently a period of intensified Muslim violence in Israel and abroad. As such, the Israeli police have closed the Temple Mount to non-Muslims in the final days of Ramadan for the last 30 years.
The police originally announced that this would be the case this year as well but several groups petitioned the High Court to protest for the right to visit Judaism’s holiest site on the anniversary of the day it was returned to the Jews after 2,000 years. Last year, more than 2,000 Jews visited the site on Jerusalem Day. The court rejected the petition, leaving the decision in the hands of the police. Ultimately, the police opened the site to Jewish visitors on Sunday morning.