Police Restrict Access to Temple Mount

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Late Thursday evening, Jerusalem police announced restrictions on Muslim men planning to worship at the Temple Mount Friday.

Due to rioting in east Jerusalem earlier in the week, Arab men planning to attend Friday's midday prayers on the Mount must have an Israeli ID card and be 45 years of age or older.

Police placed no age restrictions on Muslim women, though they too must present an Israeli identity card to enter the area.

On Monday, two municipal inspectors driving through a main street in east Jerusalem narrowly escaped injury when an Arab mob blocked their car, threw rocks at them and attempted to smash the windows with iron bars.

Television crews managed to film the attack.

Three Israeli Arabs, two adults and a minor, were indicted Thursday, charged with endangering human life, attempting to inflict serious injury, causing damage with grievous intent and assaulting a public official.

Experience has taught Jerusalem police that restricting younger men from attending Friday's midday prayers on the Temple Mount has been one of the most effective means of curbing rioting there.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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