Violent Riots On Har Habayis Continue, 16 Policemen Injured

Riots on Har HaBayis

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Tens of thousands of Arabs gathered at Har Habayis overnight Sunday, gathering rocks and other objects to throw at the police as well as fireworks and Molotov cocktails.

Police entered the site at about 8 a.m and fired stun grenades after hundreds of rioters attacked a police post and began throwing rocks from Har Habayis toward an adjoining road. Sixteen police officers were injured, with some evacuated to the hospital for medical treatment.

Earlier on Monday morning, Israel Police announced that Jews will not be allowed within Har Habayis on Monday, following a security assessment. The announcement drew the ire of right-wing politicians.

“It’s a disgrace,” stated Religious Zionism MK Simcha Rothman. “The [Islamic] Waqf is intentionally organizing acts of terror and murder under our nose and nobody says anything.”

Otzma Yehudit chairman Itamar Ben Gvir slammed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Public Security Minister Amir Ohana for capitulating to violence and said that in protest he will refuse to vote with the Likud on any legislation this week.

Below is a video of the thousands of Jews who davened at the Kosel on Monday morning, marking Yom Yerushalayim.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)